Why? There is a discourse in the media about #India but I wanted to seek the truth about India.
What started as a self-indulgent hobby helped me embark on a self-discovery journey.
🧵on my return-to-your-roots trip,
The most striking factor was how close-knit the communities are.
During the course of my ride, I answered 100+ locals asking me what a stranger like me was doing in their #village
Kids waving at you as you cycle by is almost unconditional love.
Be it the man who sells 'soan papdi', the women selling locally made detergent powder or sweets 🙏
I bowed to their spirited and full-of-hope outlook to life.
Small #innovations like using papaya stem to replace plastic straws should get a mainstream mention.
My heart melted at his rendition of the 'Thiruvasagam'
Irrespective of validation or applause, he sang for an audience of one and an almost empty temple.
Unknowingly he taught me one of the deepest lessons in life.
I would cycle, rest or read under the inviting shade of the tree or the 'Thinai' in most houses they offer water, snacks and allowed you to use their restroom.
High trust is still prevalent in these societies.
They get their #news about local body / panchayath announcements or mourning someone's death from announcements made on retro speakers mounted on an auto-rickshaw and not from hate-spewing Whatsapp groups.
I recommend folks working in every #SaaS company to escape modernity at least briefly
Try out a cycle trip like this to develop mindfulness about society and reflect on life and work in isolation
We can embrace modernity but stay true to our roots.
This should reflect in our socio-political, economic and entrepreneurial initiatives.