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Why I WALK TO BADANAVAL

WALK TO BADANAVALU is a walkathon organized by the 'Friends of the Handloom' from 15th to 19th of April 2015 starting from various places including Mysore and culminating at Badanaval (a small weaving village in Nanjangud taluk).

I am very much interested in joining this Walkathon because of three reasons. First, I believe WALKING is a much forgotten adventure sport. This walkathon gives an opportunity to rediscover it with my family. From Mysore, Badanaval is neither too far nor too near. Walking through picturesque villages, vast tracts of fields, rugged roads, songs and theater, film shows, soak in the hospitality provided by villagers. It makes a perfect family outing to start the school vacation.

Secondly, this is an opportunity to walk through the countryside of India along with my countrymen. While great souls like Swami Vivekananda and Gandhiji has done it with a greater purpose and vision, I see it as a way to understand the ecosystem around me better. With the accommodation and food being arranged in the villages enroute, it's a great opportunity to mingle with villagers and learn Sustainable Living up, close and personal - with the safety and security aspects of my family taken care of.

Thirdly, Gandhiji being a role model for me, I believe in his statement of 'India's future lies in its Villages'. Gandhiji's choice of Charaka as a symbol of upliftment of the poor was not a random one. It represents India's long tradition in cotton and handloom and Gandhiji sees that as an tool for a rural based economical revival across the nation. So, this walk would be an opportunity to learn our culture and roots from a historical as well as futuristic perspective.

Care to join?

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