Foot Yatra: Travelogue of a Foot Soldier
[Originally Posted by Agastya Kapoor]
I was first introduced to the concept of walking in school. I read about the "Salt March" by our Father of Nation -- Mahatma Gandhi; somewhere in 1930s. I was quite indifferent to this march but always very inquisitive about the idea. While growing up, I often saw people walking in large numbers to pay visit to the shrine of a popular messenger of God - Sai Baba. Much later in life, I heard about a great saint and leader – Acharya Vinoba Bhave who walked all around India for several years (like more than 20 years) to collect land for poor and neglected communities.
I really thought that these men had lost their minds but I always had a pinch in my heart about the whole concept of walking for a cause. Who knew I had to wait for more than 30 years for someone to come and shake my whole life up. Someone, actually two of them, who made me realise that I may re-work my entire 33 years of life!
"FootYatra" is a travelogue of my walking pilgrimage (with Yogeshbhai Mathuria) in 2015. It was an experiment for inner transformation and to check the existence "Guest is God" attitude in India; in the modern times. I walked around 340 kilometers (without money) with three friends. I witnessed the best and worst of human behavior; in me and others. This short e-book is a humble attempt to narrate the story through my eyes and words. I've tried my best to keep the book simple and very visual.