MUSSOORIE, November 4
Four months after he wrote a letter to Tourism Minister, Satpal Maharaj, Dubai based youngster is desperately hoping to hear some good news on his trip to Dehradun next week.
Deependra Singh Negi, 34, who works with a company in Dubai has several dreams for his state, a big one being hoping to hear messages in Garhwali or Kumaoni when he calls family and friends, back in the hills.
“IVR (Interactive Voice response) is a fairly common feature which several states in India are currently using. If the Government initiates IVR in Garhwali and Kumaoni it will have manifold advantages. Not only will it popularize the language but will also help give employment to several youngsters of the state” Negi told eNewDesk over phone from Dubai.
Negi who is originally from Sunargaon village, in Tehri Garhwal says he always had a love for the hill culture and its food. But it was only after he went to Dubai for work that he started missing everything back home in the hills. The result was Junglee Channel Uttarakhand and Worldwide and an NGO by the name of SOCH (Social Organization for Connecting Happiness).
Interestingly Negi promotes Uttarakhandi culture through both and is also looking forward to Kauthig, an Uttarakhandi festival to be held in Dubai on December 15.
A quick trip back to his country and his state then to revive him is something that he is looking forward to. And the perfect anecdote to his trip would have been the IVR suggestion being implemented by the state Government. “Honestly I am a little disappointed that states in North East India, South India as well Maharashtra has the local languages. We on the other hand are happy with English and Hindi only. But I won’t give up trying” he adds enthusiastically.