Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha were young professionals living in the heart of Delhi, holding down decent nine-to-five jobs, when the idea of a transformational journey through India suddenly struck them. The Heat and Dust Project is an account of that journey, undertaken on a shoestring budget.
How in the daylights does one travel around India on a budget of ₹250 per person per day? This is almost like backpacking, an activity that remains unabashedly the exclusive domain of gora students and hippies. To see an Indian couple try it out, particularly in India, is certainly novel.
Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha, young professionals living in the heart of Delhi, were “investment-makers, mall-goers, office-trippers and city-slickers” to use their own words, when they were suddenly struck by the idea of a transformational journey through India. Undertaken on a shoestring budget through much of 2010 and 2011, The Heat and Dust Project is an account of that journey, and its unforeseen joys and heartbreaks. Jha (SJ) and Roy (DR) talked to Swarajya about their book.