Thursday, 20 June 2013

The kids from Guptakashi, Uttarakhand

I met these lovely kids at Guptakashi, 47km before Kedarnath in April this year. On our way to Guptakashi from Ukhimath, Mr. Hubby spotted these cute kids asking for a lift & asked them to come on board. The brother sister duo were on their way back home from school. While most days they had to cover the 5km distance by foot, during tourist season, they hoped to get lift from the tourist vehicles. The brother, a shy kid kept looking down and smiling every time Mr. Hubby asked his name. The sister was much matured & answered our questions & even guided us about the places to see in Guptakashi.

When they came on board, I was a little surprised since in Delhi, we are taught since childhood not to talk to strangers. And here these were, two little kids braving the hilly terrain, meeting everyone with an open mind. But such is the simplicity of the hills that you don’t get to see anywhere else.

The blog on my April trip is still lying low in the priority list of blogs and I hope to put it up by this weekend. However, as I saw TV channels covering the cruel game of mother nature in Uttarakhand, I was immediately reminded of these kids. We didn’t ask their names, didn’t know where they stayed . But, as I read the horrific account of the Uttarkhand flood, my heart says a silent prayer for these kids – hope wherever they are, they are fine and healthy with their families, with the same smile on their faces and hopes in their hearts – hopes of a better tomorrow.


God Bless

11 comments:

  1. Shaivi, we pray with you for all people who are facing the wrath of nature.

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  2. Yes. Hope and pray that the damage to life is minimal.

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  3. Nice post. I pray God in whatever form he/she is, please save your own creation and your own people.

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  4. Hope they are safe!
    It is scary to read the news in the mornings these days.

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  5. God Bless them and the others caught in this Havoc..Really Nature has its own way to show things and we humans become just a mere spectator...

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  6. Nice memory from the hills. Hope the kids are in good condition!

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  7. Very touching Shaivi. Hope they are safe!

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  8. god bless , hope they are safe and sound

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  9. God is merciful ! prayers dont go waste .. I am sure the pure hearts are safe and sound..Amen !

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  10. shaivi our heart goes out for these kids and the people there.... honestly for how long are we as a citizen gonna lie low and accept the crap these authorities are doling out to us?? A hilly terrain with lakhs of visitors every year and no disaster management system in place.....Ridiculous the life of people is s cheap for the government...

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