Meet Ram-anna and Sarsu-akka, from a fishing village in coastal Karnataka. He rides his bicycle to the far end of the coast every morning, then joins a squad of 50 other fisherman to brace the choppy waters and look for fish. His wife would take his catch and walk 5 km to the market every day to sell it. She has asthma now and can't walk that long anymore, so she stays home, and when weary travellers like me find her, she indulges them in the warmth of her stories and her food.
Meet Ganga Singh and his wife, an 80+ year old couple from a tiny village in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. She was 11 and he 17 when they got married. They witnessed the grounds shake and the waters rise when the floods hit, and took it in their stride. They choose to live without electricity (with only a solar lamp), away from their kids, and have much laughter in their lives. Makes you realize how little you need to be happy. #travel #india #himalayas #uttarakhand
But, hum hain Hindustani, with a wistful longing he confesses, Jamnagar ka maharaja hamara bapu (I am Indian, the king of Jamnagar is my father). By the time we’re finishing our first glass, he has told us the most incredible story I might ever hear.