A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India [TEDx Talk]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In January 2018, I was invited to TEDxLNMIIT to share my story.  The talk was designed considering the immediate audience of young college students, and the general distancing we observe from the cause & effect of human induced climate change. I presented ‘A case for slowing down - Walking along rivers in India’ and the ideaContinue reading “A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India [TEDx Talk]”

Walking, Stopping, Painting – Moving Upstream: Ganga

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Left, right, left, right, left, right In my head my legs are the extreme ends of a swinging pendulum, repeating the same movements, but surely getting somewhere. In that sense walking long distances is like a physical metaphor of time passing. And when walking in India, you pass through space and time while passingContinue reading “Walking, Stopping, Painting – Moving Upstream: Ganga”

Walking across India as a Woman – Moving Upstream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is a guest blog by Nupur Agrawal. She had joined our Moving Upstream project and walked with us for almost 400kms from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh to Gangotri, Uttarakhand along the Ganga as we documented the river. In the ongoing movement for gender equality, we feel it is imperative that everyone contributes in creating a more open society with equal opportunitiesContinue reading “Walking across India as a Woman – Moving Upstream”

Resting Spots – Walking across India – Moving Upstream

This post is in continuation to: ‘Finding shade – Walking across India – Moving Upstream‘. These posts attempt at answering one of the most common questions that people ask in relation to our long walks, “how do you manage your stay while walking?”. The first part showed you glimpses from the first leg of the journey through the plains in WestContinue reading “Resting Spots – Walking across India – Moving Upstream”

Finding shade – Walking across India – Moving Upstream

How did you manage? One of the most common questions that people ask in relation to the long walk along the river Ganga is, “how did you manage your stay while walking?”. It is a legitimate doubt and through a couple of posts on our website, we offer you a glimpse into what ensued.   The dynamicsContinue reading “Finding shade – Walking across India – Moving Upstream”

Open well in a river, the story of Semara

Open wells and society: The well has been celebrated as a place for social interactions, encouraging people to share their daily lives with each other while they draw water. At times, a sight of relief for the farmer who has toiled hard or the traveller who has covered great distance, and also an assurance inContinue reading “Open well in a river, the story of Semara”

Ganga: Moving Upstream – Second Leg

Rewind: Last June, as part of our Moving Upstream series of projects, Siddharth started walking along the river Ganga from Gangasagar, West Bengal. Moving from the ocean to the glaciers at 14000 feet, the attempt was to present a very personal narrative of the Ganga and stories of the people who affect and are affected by it. This was the firstContinue reading “Ganga: Moving Upstream – Second Leg”

The Price of Exclusivity

This post was written a few weeks ago and the experience still relays the same story. What has become clearer is the politics of water and the river, a long term political play. This article first appeared on South Asia Network for Dams Rivers and People’s website. As the Ganga rises, filling the streets andContinue reading “The Price of Exclusivity”

Walking from Varanasi to Allahabad: Moving Upstream

This is a guest blog by Ankit Batheja. He had recently joined our ongoing Moving Upstream project for a week and walked alongside Siddharth from Varanasi to Allahabad. The journey would have taken merely 2 hours, each bus and auto passing through was a big temptation to end this exertion, but making it a 5Continue reading “Walking from Varanasi to Allahabad: Moving Upstream”

The Story of an Island – Part 2

Read Part 1 here: The Story of an Island. Walking through the island i came across a hand pump in front of a mud house in the village of Idrakpur, filled my LifeStraw and took a sip. My confidence in LifeStraw’s ability to clean the water made me drink it, but not before the pungent odour reminded meContinue reading “The Story of an Island – Part 2”