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Photo Essay – A drive across 3 states in North India

7 Jul

Earlier this year we had to travel to Dehra Dun in Uttarakhand for some personal work. But instead of directly flying there from Mumbai, we decided to take a train to Delhi and then drive down from there to Dehra Dun. The entire drive takes about 5 – 6 hours, depending upon the traffic in some small towns etc but we didn’t take the main highway. Instead we drove through Uttar Pradesh via some old village ways (narrow bumpy meandering roads) amidst canals and fields and towards the end in the mountains. These rustic views had a beauty of their own and made me realize that there are numerous beautiful sights even during a seemingly non-descript village drive, all I had to do was pay attention ๐Ÿ™‚

I have put together this short photo essay post to share some of these amazing sights via pics, that I had taken with my iphone camera through the day. These were taken in a moving vehicle hence the errors ๐Ÿ™‚

Love the light bursting through the dark clouds –


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Stree Shakti (Women Power) in Purkal

7 Apr

“There are some people you meet who inspire you to do something meaningful in your lives; and then there are some people you meet who just inspire you to make your life more meaningful”.

On a recent trip to Dehra Doon I happened to meet someone whoย inspires you to make your life more meaningful and I just had to write about her and Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti. I happened to discover this place through my friend Archana’s blog – Talking Qalamย ‘s blog postย One Thing Leads to Another. This got me interested in this place and as I was planning to be in Dehra Doon for a work related trip, I added this to my visit list.

Nestled amongst beautiful hills, Stree Shakti is a women empowerment scheme based in a small village called Purkal near Dehra Doon where they teach local village women the skill sets to create hand-made quilts and patch work handicrafts. They have an entire complex in Purkal where they have a learning and production centre for women, a small display centre that retails their creations and an early childhood development centre for their kids.

The display centre, Shtree Shakti, Purkal

The display centre, Shtree Shakti, Purkal

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