Neha Chaturvedi, Ahmer Siddiqui and Siddhartha Dutta are on a 25,000-kilometre highway journey, of their custom-modified automobile that doubles up as a house and studio. They started their journey in New Delhi on October 4 and drove alongside India’s borders to doc the influence of COVID-19 on individuals. The trio was in Hyderabad on Deepavali and met poet Gaddar, and members of not-for-profit organisations who helped with aid work in the course of the current floods in Hyderabad.
The trio then resumed their journey in the direction of Nellore, Chennai and alongside the coast to Kerala, Konkan area, Kutch, Rajasthan and forward.
The journey was the thought of Ahmer and Siddhartha who’ve been liaising with not-for-profit organisations. Nonetheless, they reiterate that this journey was taken up impartial of any organisation. “We hearken to what individuals should say concerning the lockdown and the influence it had on them. We encourage anybody keen to assist to do their bit regionally. In the event that they contribute by means of us, the funds might be handed over to Rise Towards Starvation India,” says Ahmer.
They wanted somebody to doc the observations as movies to be uploaded on social media and later culminating in a documentary. Agra-based artist and documentary filmmaker Neha got here on board.
Elaborating on the title Highway Ashram, Ahmer says. “Since we journey, study, educate by spreading consciousness and achieve this a lot from this area, we name the automobile and this journey Highway Ashram,” he says.
The automobile exteriors are dotted with iconography that represents different features of India, and it turns into a dialog starter wherever they halt.
All by means of their journey, they spoke to individuals on the streets, well-known personalities in State capitals to get totally different views of the pandemic: “We’re specializing in the humanitarian features – lack of jobs, malnutrition, baby marriages, training and extra,” says Neha.
In a distant Arunachal Pradesh village the place individuals journey 50 kilometres to make a cellphone name owing to poor connectivity, they level out that on-line training is unthinkable. Within the Sunderbans, they heard fisherfolk lament that fishing had been banned in the course of the lockdown, stripping down their supply of earnings. “Ours is an unlimited nation the place one resolution doesn’t work for everybody,” Ahmer factors out.
Ahmer drives whereas Siddiqui handles the planning and operations, additionally deciding the place to cease for the most effective native meals. “Now we have managed nicely thus far,” says Siddiqui. To deal with the rigours of the journey, they do stretching and respiration workouts.
Highway Ashram (www.roadashram.in) plans to finish the journey by mid-December and lift ₹50 lakh.