The Betwa was a natural succession from walking the Ken river. Part of Veditum’s ‘Moving Upstream’ series of projects which aims to walk along Indian rivers to document & understand them, we initiated a fellowship to expand our perspective. A beautiful collaboration materialised with the Out of Eden Walk as partners for this fellowship
When heading out on an adventure like walking along a river, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery (topographic map prints till very recently) of the area of interest to chart out an informed plan of action. In preparation of our walk along the River Ken, we decided to do the same but couldn’t access a reliable map of the river all the way from source to mouth.
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 idea behind Veditum.
The talk included a few stories I encountered in different states of India while walking along River Ganga and River Ken. These
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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 passing through spaces and times.
Left, right, left, right, left, right
Yes, at moments your feet, as with time, will stop at something. A person,
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 opportunities for all. We love Nupur for her courage to challenge the status quo and for breaking gender based barriers.
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 West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
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 dynamics of finding …
Can you imagine a city of villages? How would it be to have a cluster of villages with the right amount of open spaces, right amount of built and the water in the purest form? Well, Chennai or more aptly – Madras was one such utopian idea before urbanisation stole its innocence to make it into yet another threat.
Chennai has the oldest municipal governance in the whole of the sub continent. The City Corporation here was set up …
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 in times of emergency as a reliable water supply system. While walking thousands of kilometres along the river Ganga for Veditum’s Moving Upstream project, I hardly …
(This is a guest blog by Dipani Sutaria and Renu Desai with inputs from Mansi Shah and Vrushti Mawani, who are taking the lead for the Ahmedabad leg of our City Water Walks initiative)
Maps and graphics by Mansi Shah.…