25 – Khalkadiya, Champawat, Uttarakhand
What Are You Most Passionate About?
Writing and documenting stories.
Who Is Your Hero? Why?
It may sound cliché, but my father is my hero. Since I can remember, he has always worked for the community without expecting much in return. He never said no to anyone who asked for help, financial or otherwise. If he was not capable of helping, he made it a point to find help from someplace else. This is what has inspired me to take a step further and help this community, a community that I knew nothing of before I lived with them.
What Is Your Favorite Sound?
If we are talking about music, then I like Sufi. But recently, the sound of a stream flowing in a quiet valley is my favorite.
What Project Would A Laptop Help You With?
I am a currently a part of a Solar Tech Support program and I need a laptop to provide a greater level of support to my rural village.
How would a laptop help you?
I need a laptop for the library project I created. Children in this village have no access to books apart from academic ones. They are not exposed to worldly affairs and this restricts their growth once they are out of villages and in the real world. My library has a collection of 600 books and now I want to add laptops to include digital books and encourage internet learning. A laptop will help these kids the most as they will be able to access the wealth of digital information available to all.
What do you love about this project?
The need for a library was declared by a young person, and it was created with the help and support of the youngsters of the village, which is something that I admire.
What Languages do you speak?
English, Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi.
Given a choice, would you prefer a Mac or PC?