Monday 8th February saw many of Saksham’s members accompany Bobby from the very early morning.
Instead, the small Saksham ambulance would travel in front of Bobby and the bus was sent to the end point which was a Buddhist Monastery toward the north of the city.
Bobby made his way through the morning traffic and the people accompanying him were pointing out various surprises along the way.
Ashok Munne, Motivational Speaker and leg amputee walked with Bobby and they talked at length about Ashok’s upcoming attempt to climb Mount Everest!
Furthermore, team of them had started very early in the morning and had positioned themselves in various locations. At these points, they had made beautifully colourful and intricate Rangoli designs with coloured powders on the roadside, along the kerb side and in the middle of those busy traffic junctions!
The patterns were amazing and brought a splash of colour that not only brightened up our morning but also the morning of those that were commuting to work.
They were made up of over eleven schools along the walk route that would take us through to the busiest streets in Nagpur and out to the north so we would be ready to leave the city the next day.
Breakfast was held in one of the schools along the way and Bobby to time out to talk to the students about the importance of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ and the awareness he had given his in talks throughout his walk so far.
It was getting close to lunchtime but there was still quite a lot of distance to cover.
Nagpur is quite literally the centre point of India. It even has a Zero Mile Monument which lies exactly in the middle of India’s imaginary north to south line.
Bobby stopped at this location to reach the monument’s history and knew that this also represented the Walk’s approximate halfway point too.
The Gurudwara Singh Sabha was just across the road from the school and Bobby had been invited to talk there as well.
I needed to run ahead and make sure the lunch location was ready for the 20-30 people who would be arriving there soon.
I was liaising with other volunteers sourcing items and also members of the team walking with Bobby to ensure everyone arrived at th restaurant in time for lunch.
Once Bobby arrived, we were treated a very tasty variety of dishes served by extremely attentive staff.
His energy was starting to run out and I knew he would be unable to make it to the Monastery.
There was an event function hall to our right and a quick detour inside to explain the situation the owners got us permission to stay for the night. We were only 1.5km short of Bobby’s intended target for that day so he had done extremely well.
The Monastery had mad a lot of preparations for Bobby’s arrival and stay that night so I went inside to explain and apologise.
The Walkmobile made its way back to Bobby’s location and a lot of the volunteers began arriving with the many items and provisions they had been tasked with locating.
Satinder and Rahim got busy putting all of the bulk items away in their assigned locations.
That evening, the head monk I had apologised to earlier popped by to bless Bobby and his Walk. He had a wonderfully calm demeanour and I was very happy he had taken the time to meet us.
Bobby was exhausted and drifted off to sleep quite quickly without eating dinner as our lunch had been so filling.
I followed soon after.
That night I dreamt of the Tiger Reserve we would soon be walking through.