Pune: ‘Diary on the wheels’, a book by Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority Deputy Collector Vidyut Varkhedkar, was released at a function held at Jawaharlal Nehru Sanskritik Bhawan on Ghole Road on Saturday.
Varkhedkar has written the book based on her experiences as a facilitator during an 18-day train journey - Jagriti Yatra - which involves covering 8,000 km. Varkhedkar has 15 years of experience of working as a civil servant. In her opening remarks, Varkhedkar said ‘Diary on the wheels’ is more than a book. She said the idea of penning thoughts came from her near and dear ones after they heard her anecdotes associated with Jagriti Yatra. She said the most appealing factor of the yatra was to see how youngsters get up and get going. She added that social factors of start-ups were enthralling.
Vijay Naik, Consulting Editor, Sakal Papers, New Delhi, Shashank Mani Tripathi, Founder of Jagriti Yatra, and Chetana Gala Sinha, Founder-President of Mann Deshi Bank, delivered engaging speeches at the event. Tripathi shared his experiences on ‘Yatra and Beyond’. He said yatris like Vidyut are charging India with positive energy. Tripathi said, “We need to connect youths with bigger problems of today.” He added that nation building through enterprises is the need of the hour, for which the Pune-Mumbai corridor will play a significant role.
Naik said travels are for discoveries and give vision. He said people like Tripathi and Varkhedkar are ignited minds. Unless one is committed to a cause, transformation will not happen. Sharing his experience of travelling with former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to Bulgaria, Naik narrated how Kalam interacted with students without caring for protocol. He said he learnt humanity from Kalam.
The book narrates Varkhedkar’s experiences of the journey as a facilitator, which she undertook in January 2015. She participated in this annual train journey, which is being organised every year by Jagriti Seva Sansthan, a non-profit organisation that shares a vision of ‘building India through enterprise’. Around 450 young or would be entrepreneurs belonging to the age group of 20-25 years and around 75 facilitators are selected to participate in this journey after completing extended screening procedures.
Archana Nandurkar and her husband Santosh, who participated in the journey along with Varkhedkar, shared her experience of running Anubhuti school at Brahmapuri Chandrapur and said increasing fees at private English schools are taking away a chance from the underprivileged of quality education.