#TravelDiaries Couple of years back, I was got a chance to electrify one of the last remaining unnelectrified villages in India (Dist Majuli, Assam). A small island right in middle of mighty Brahmaputra. The scenic beauty of this region is unmatched. It was a daunting task,..
that involved taking entire equipment by road and air till Guwahati, then by small vehicles to boat, then by boat to a major island, then by road to other end of island, and then by boat to our project island and finally by cycles, motorcycles and tractor to the village.
When you reach such remote areas of the world, and realise the minimalistic approach to materialism the residents of such areas have, n still satisfied, it’s eye opening and a wake up call. A big reason why I’ve always continued to work in rural electrification and water access.
There is no hotel or restaurants in such remote locations. It was end December and very cold at night. And you certainly don’t want to pressurise the villagers by asking for place to stay. So Thank God for Indian government’s initiative of having a school and toilet even in the
Remotest of locations that made it possible for us to stay there. We joined the benches, closed all the windows n made it our living cum operational HQ. Kids used to come in morning to look at us and laugh as we scurried around carrying buckets of water to find a place to bath.
All the effort and hardship is worth it, when in the end you’re able to bring light into their homes and lives. Across India, the biggest reason I have heard from villagers on why they want electricity is - So my children can study 👏👏
Salute to their thinking and approach.

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