Jagdalpur (Bastar, Chhattisgarh): The word ‘Bastar’ conjures up images of a strife-torn region, where spilling of blood and gun battles are the order of the day. But two young doctors belonging to the region have taken upon themselves the task of giving a makeover to the image of this remote tribal belt of the country.
Reshma Bulbul Kerketta, 24 of Simhava Nagari and Jainendra Kumar Shandilya, 27 have just completed their MBBS course from the Jagdalpur Medical College here and are about to start their own clinics. Taking time out from their busy schedule, they visited the enchanting ponds and waterfalls dotting the region. They shot videos of these spots and also took pictures. And using them, they launched a YouTube channel titled ‘Mera Bastar’ to promote the area as a tourist destination. Their channel so far, has had more than 4 lakh visitors.
Dr Reshma says that she was fond of travelling from her childhood. And she decided that she should use her hobby to dispel the notion that Bastar is a violent place, dominated by the Naxals and overflowing with gun-toting paramilitary personnel. “It also has a host of stunningly beautiful spots that can be any tourist’s delight,” she says.
Clearly, they want to heal more than just ailing humans.
(Story: Mohammed Imran Nevi, Sanjay Singh, Rishi Bhatnagar)