Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Off to Tata Jagriti Yatra 2009

Those of you who’ve seen me on Twitter and Facebook, would’ve noticed statuses about an imminent All India Tour that I’d embark upon. Even though I kept mentioning it every time, I’d kept details under the covers. Thought of making it public in a whim. πŸ™‚

Yeah folks, I’m off to Tata Jagriti Yatra 2009 – A journey spannning 13 destinations, 18 days and 7000 km of travel all across the country, with 400 people on board a special train! The journey’s organized by the Jagriti Sewa Sansthan, in association with Tata Sons. Throughout the journey, we’d meet some of the most eminent entrepreneurs in India, who’ve made a difference in their and others’ lives with their work. Hundreds of India’s highly motivated youth (with some participation of international students) between the ages of 20-25 and experienced professionals, with age above 25, join up on this eighteen day national odyssey. The aim is to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship – both social and economic – within India’s youth by exposing them to individuals and institutions that are developing unique solutions to India’s challenges. Through this national event, Β the youth of India are inspired to lead and develop institutions both nationally and within their communities.

I’ve always wanted to make a difference with my life, but sadly, such a thing never happened in my 21 years of existence here. I heard about Jagriti yatra when a friend of mine got selected, but he couldn’t make it due to exams. I’d decided then and there, that I’d board the Jagriti Train this time. I applied for the Yatra this time, and luckily got selected. It was a euphoric moment – and ever since I’ve lived half-a-life, expectantly awaiting the commencement of the Yatra.

Today, the wait gets over. I’m boarding my Mumbai train – The journey starts on 24th of December, at Mumbai. I’ll do my best to continually blog about the Yatra – the train is specially equipped and has round the clock net connectivity. So keep watching this space for more updates as to how I get enlightened myself!

Wish me luck, guys! πŸ™‚

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