Friday, December 2, 2011

Where on Earth is Gadchandur?

Back in Mumbai, in the college campus, I still find it hard to explain to people where I was, for the better part of the year, and where this entire blog's story is situated.

Gadchandur is still Gadanooor or Gadachooor for people...and some just presume that it is Gadchiroli. In fact the most common response to my speaking about being there is, 'koi naxalite dikhe?' (did you see any naxalites); as one would ask a Tiger-spotting tourist returning from the Corbett.

Well, for geographical context, the place is called Gadchandur and it is situated in the Chandrapur District of Maharashtra, part of the Vidharba region, and bordering Andhra Pradesh. This confluence of cultures is reflected in the language, mannerisms, dress and jewelry, and the food of the place. 

To reach the town (or village,depending upon perspective!), of Gadchandur, one can either spend about 21 hours in train from Mumbai to Ballarshah, the nearest rail head, in a passenger train that is nearly almost late by several hours, and follow this up with a 2 hour journey by road over a track that is more dirt and soul-shaking potholes than concrete;  OR  alternatively, one can spend about 14 hours in a train to Nagpur from Mumbai and then take a Video coach (read headache bus), for a 7 hour torturous journey over some of the worst roads in the state! 

Thus, as one may notice, getting there is half the battle won! 

The stories already on this blog, and the ones that will follow, are all situated in three 'talukas' of the Chandrapur District, i.e., Korpana, Rajura, and Jivati, where I got the opportunity to study and work across a space of 7 months. 

Gadchandur itself is within the Rajura Taluka, and is at a distance of about 3 hours from the District Headquarters at Chandrapur. 

Now that we are on the same page about the whereabouts of Gadchandur, the Scooty Diaries  shall continue......


madhu bhardwaj said...

Hi Himangi
I have nominated you for the contest that Arti is running.
It is about a non-digital post from your travels and why it is a precious memory. Contest closes on May 5th.

Anonymous said...

Hi himangi, idk who u r...but i want to tell u or rather inform u dat gadchandur is in korpana taluka and do u prefer cycle or bullock cart over the diesel poweredd vehicle coz it never took me 2 hours for reaching gadchandur from balharshah....It is nice dat u r sharing ur experience but it is not fair dat u speak evil of ur native place....