Archive for April, 2009

Women of Almora

April 28, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about the locals especially the local women I saw in Almora.

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Child labor

April 27, 2009

While traveling once in a while you see something which you don’t know what to make of. Today at a certain restaurant in Almora I saw a guy telling a kid to work for someone else. The kid was scared and hardly 10 years old. He was scared and rightly so. The restaurant owner gave him Rs. 300/- and gave his home no. as well as cell number.

After the kid left, the restaurant owner said he knows the kid’s family. They are very poor. To the people he’s going they are teachers by profession. If the kid remained with him he would be doing dishes the whole day and never be anything wiser. This place they have promised to give him food and board and Rupees thousand as salary (and even more ) and he would be doing some menial jobs. They would also try to educate him as well.

I felt pity, both for myself and the kid as there is no way I could help him. A part of me is also circumspect of the various NGO’s working for child welfare. At the end of it all felt its a zero sum game with no end in sight 😦

pathankot, haldwani,almora

April 27, 2009

Hi all,
Still on the road. A group of friends (5-6 Japanese and 1 Belgium friend) wanted to go to Almora. There is no direct train to Almora. The only way I came to know is of a weekly service 2208 Garibh Rath which runs between Jammu and Kathgodam with Chakki Bank in the middle.

Stayed in the jungle for about a week near a place called Lohali. Then moved from there to a place called Kasardevi which is 10-15 kms. off Almora. Right now in Lala Bazaar, Almora. There is much to share but lots of things to do. Would be really settled in a day or more so would be able to share more. Till then Happy travelling 😉

Friends & memories

April 3, 2009

Hi all,
This post would be about meeting long-lost friends and a butterfly story 😉

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