Yatra Diaries



Gandhian Way of embarking on Gandhi Global Solar Yatra

25-12-2018, India

Today is Christmas, indeed a wonderful day to begin our dream project, Gandhi Global Solar Yatra, I pray Lord Jesus to bless the moment from which I have embarked on this journey.

My journey commences from Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad, Gujarat and I am really excited about it. This is n...


GGSY: My message to masses

26-12-2018, India


Today, my interview has been scheduled with Ms Yogita Rao, a journalist from Times of India. She was trying to take my interview from last 4-5 days in Mumbai, but somehow it did not materialise and we were not able to meet personally. Finally, we settled for 10 PM today for telephonic intervie...


Day 2: Idea of “Energy Swaraj” germinated! Doing Seva at Ashram…

27-12-2018, India


…Last night I slept thinking, I will wake up early in the morning to be there for the morning activities of the Ashram, and be in sync with Gandhiji’s principle of starting the day with Prarthana at 4 AM. Though 4 o’ clock was too early as Ashram opens only at 6:30 AM. I did not want to...

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Bali – Jakarta -Banda Aceh – Touch & Go, but not without some fruitful meetings

28-12-2018, Indonesia


After a night-long flight, I reached Bali in the morning, Indonesia from there I took a flight to Jakarta, followed by another flight to Banda Aceh. Banda Aceh is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia. It is located on the island of Sumatra, has an elevation of 35 met...


Indonesia: Great receptiveness for Solar Energy!

29-12-2018, Indonesia

Not feeling like a stranger amidst strangers!

Have you ever felt one amidst complete strangers that too in a different country? When you instantly laugh or even crack a joke with them within a few minutes of your interaction, then there is a connection with them. You have overcom...


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Happy ending to disastrous start…

30-12-2018, Malaysia


…It was an unusual morning in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when I woke up tired, as normally I don’t wake up tired. I had to attend a Conference in the morning, so I wanted to start my day with a good breakfast. The restaurant was quite crowded; I managed to get just cornflakes…

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(Kuala Lumpur to Kauntan) Journey begins for University of Malaysia, Pahang, Not without some dose of mis-adventures!

31-12-2018, Malaysia

Last night I could sleep only for about 4 - 5 hours, as I had to catch morning flight from Kuala Lumpur. The drive to airport was of about 50 minutes. I got ready, with a plan to reach one hour ahead of the flight time. I had booked the taxi through GRAB App, as booking it from hotel was very expens...


Action Packed Day in Mumbai

03-01-2019, India

Only for today, I was in Mumbai after my South Asia trip. In the evening I was to board the train for Madhya Pradesh and then to New Delhi. Hence, I had lots of work to do in the office, a really hectic day ahead.

There was a Press-Conference planned in the PressClub of Mumbai, which...


Action Packed Day, Well-diversified Meetings!

04-01-2019, India

Today I have to address five gatherings, which makes it a tightly packed day. It looked like a bigger challenge after an overnight journey, but as I had slept well on the train, fatigue was not there. Still, the train!

The train reached Khirkiyaat around 6 AM. My first address was in the...

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MP: Where Power Changed Hands…
MP: Meetings, Meetings & More Meetings!

05-01-2019, India

My idea for the weekend was to be in Bhopal and amidst several meetings, I wanted to meet my friend Mr Jitu Patwari who had become MLA for the second time in the recent election in Madhya Pradesh. He was Minister with a portfolio of Sports, Youth Affairs and Higher Education.

I reached ...


Have you received Padma Shri?

06-01-2019, India

Next day as I called Chief Secretary Mr S. R. Mohanty, he agreed for a meeting. The first thing he asked me: Have you already received Padma Shri? When I said no, he suggested I should immediately apply as I deserved it. I discussed with him what we have been doing briefly and what are our plans goi...


Silchar: A day of some pleasant & not so pleasant experiences!

12-01-2019, India

While travelling from IITB to Airport for taking the morning flight to Silchar via Guwahati, my thoughts were going back to yesterday’s event, when I got angry.

I lost my cool on Atul from EESL, whom I was asking for an email to provide information regarding the budget of the project,...

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