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Jagriti Yatra: Pre-Departure


Tomorrow at 10pm the Jagriti Yatra train will pull out of Mumbai not to return for 15 days. On board, 450 people between the ages of 20 and 27 will embark on a journey to explore social entrepreneurship in India. Making 12 stops and meeting 15 mentors, the Yatra will cover over 8000 kilometers. The goal is to teach and inspire young people about how to build India, solve the most pressing issues, using enterprise. Tomorrow at 10pm I will be on that train. Screen shot 2013-12-23 at 10.33.03 AM Two weeks ago I completed a six-month long fellowship with IDEX in social entrepreneurship. After six months of working in the social enterprise scene in Bangalore, I feel like I have a fairly good understanding of the local ecosystem. I have, however, never been north of Mumbai. That is why as I prepare to join these 449 other young people, I expect the unexpected. As a foreigner with mostly Indians, I hope to learn a lot about India and see the country through their eyes as well as my own. I will also be spending Christmas, my 23rd birthday and New Years 2014 aboard. I arrived in Bombay yesterday to prepare for the journey. There is some pre-departure work to be done: workshops and essays (I will post my essay on Jaaga next). And, of course, I take any opportunity to spend more time in Bombay. I’ve fallen in love with this city after only three very brief visits and a half a dozen novels describing the poetic chaos, thick humidity and unruly monsoons.  The Yatra begins and ends here so it gives me the opportunity to get to know the city a little better first hand. I will be writing regular updates from the train about the people I meet and the experiences I have. I’m hoping that wifi connectivity on the train will be fairly regular!