Filmmaker Vinod Kapri‘s new book titled ‘1232 km: The Long Journey Home’, chronicles the journey of 7 migrant workers from Bihar, who journeyed back home on their bicycles and reached their destination after 7 days. The book is published by Harper Collins. The nationwide lockdown in March 2020 forced thousands of migrant workers to return to their native villages by covering thousands of kilometres on foot.
Vinod Kapri accompanied these seven migrant workers — Ritesh, Ashish, Ram Babu, Sonu, Krishna, Sandeep and Mukesh — on their 1232-km journey from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh to Saharsa in Bihar. It is a story of courage as well as the desperation of 7 men braving police lathis and insults, battling hunger and exhaustion to reach their home. According to the author, he was curious to know what makes labourers’ cycle 1,232 km without food or any help in such extreme circumstances. He wanted to see them up close.
A new book 1232 km The Long Journey Home by Vinod Kapri A new book 1232 km The Long Journey Home by Vinod Kapri