A Journey and a Conversation – Part 4

While at Nageshwar, I had a conversation with the driver of the vehicle that brought us from Vikramgarh Alot and the watchman of the dharamshala. It brought out the reality of India that we have to work hard on improving.

They were both in their mid-30s. Both had been born in the neighbourhood. Their salaries were in the range of Rs 2,500-3,000 per month. One could not even write his name, while the other had studied till the 5th standard. They were both married. Their kids went to private school, because the government school teachers would not show up most of the time. Complaining would not help much since all that would happen is one set would get transferred and another similar one would replace them.

The only work available, other than the temple-related activities, was in farming. And that in turn was dependent on the rains, which had been deficient for the past couple of years. The villages around still had ‘kacchi basti’ and the roads were not tarred. Drinking water would get difficult if the rains were not good.

Continued tomorrow.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.