Bengalurean walks 8,400km with intention of reviving human values | Bengaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: Vivekananda H K,53, an ad filmmaker as part of his ‘Jnana Bhiksha Padayatre,’ is walking across Karnataka to revive human values, without a rupee in his pocket.
A Bengalurean, he began his journey on November 1 last year, and has covered nearly 8,400 km on foot, across 20 districts. He hopes to cover another 4,000 km in the next four months.
Vivekananda arrived in Mangaluru on Monday, and was at Bantwal on Wednesday, interacting with small groups of people. He told TOI,
‘Technology has taken over our lives’
“I have realised that human values are diminishing. Though technology has taken over our lives, I can see that relationships are turning sour, and people are becoming narrow-minded. This is my attempt to see the world around me and spread a message of brotherhood and harmony, by interacting with like-minded people.”
Hailing from Hoskote, Vivekananda has completed his postgraduate studies in history, and has a diploma in journalism and film production, and was an actor before venturing into making ad films and television serials. “ My family, including my mother Sharadamma, wife Prameela and son Abhimanyu, who studies in class X, will have to manage by themselves, as I will be away for another four months.
It was difficult initially, but we have got used to it. I have been used to the luxuries of life, like travelling in a car. Despite several challenges, as the journey progressed, it has been satisfying. Since I have been participating in half marathons, I was confident about my physical fitness. This is my journey and not one for the records or publicity,” said Vivekananda as he walked with a backpack, water bottle and umbrella.
On an average, he covers about 30 km in a day. He meets friends and well-wishers on the route, who arrange for his accommodation, that does not extend for more than a night. “I do not go to people and tell them that I want to address them, it is only if people are interested that they reach out to me, and I interact with them,” he said, adding that he is documenting this journey on his Facebook page.

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