Despite facing a major hurdle, Naresh Praska was determined to follow through with his plans to get married. Despite a potential strike from drivers, Naresh was set on making it to his bride’s village on Friday for the wedding ceremony. Naresh lives in Partibeda village in the Rayagada district in India’s Odisha state.
Naresh had planned for his wedding procession, or “baraat,” to travel to Dibalpadu village in the same district. However, when the drivers he had hired for the trip backed out, Naresh knew he had to come up with a plan B. Already having completed all the necessary wedding rituals, Naresh was set on making it to the bride’s village for the 3:30 am ceremony.
With no other options available to him, Naresh decided to walk the 28 km to the bride’s village with his baarat. The baarat consisted of 30 members and commenced their journey around 6 pm. Arriving at their destination at 2 am, the marriage ceremony went ahead as scheduled, proving that with a little determination and ingenuity, any situation can be overcome.
For Naresh and his tribe, walking long distances is a way of life, and the journey to the bride’s village was no different. Although the journey was not without its challenges, Naresh and his baarat made the most of it, turning what could have been a stressful experience into a fun-filled journey.
Despite the initial setback, Naresh’s story has now become the talk of the entire district, and his determination to make it to his wedding has inspired many. Naresh’s experience shows that with a little creativity and determination, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way.