Pangti.com, for us, is not just a medium to share our views and experiences but also an opportunity to search within and refine our own thoughts. ‘Our’ includes me, Navin Pangti and my friend and wife Deepti Bisht Pangti.
Deepti hails from Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand). After finishing her school and college from Dehradun, she served the Indian Army as a nursing officer for five years. She has a deep interest in home remedies, traditional food, ayurveda, alternate medicine, nutrition, traditional farming, etc. She is an avid reader and adores the stories of Premchand. She still cherishes her memories of vacations spent in a Himalayan village with her maternal grandmother. The culture and life of these mountains give her immense pleasure though she does not really love the Himalayan winters.
I hail from the Johar valley (tehsil Munsiari) located in district Pithoragarh of Uttarakhand. After completing my schooling from Pithoragarh, Haldwani and Nainital, I joined Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College (now MNNIT), Allahabad to become a mechanical engineer. I got the desired stamp but lack of knowledge and interest drove me towards writing advertisements. While doing so I realised that I needed to walk further hence joined the Industrial Design centre (IDC) at IIT, Mumbai for higher education in design. Thereafter I spent 17 years in Delhi and Gurgaon. I started off with jobs and then started a design company along with some friends. Eventually I left that too and started working from home as an independent designer.
But even that independence was not fulfilling enough for us. The crowd was bothering us. We were getting nauseated with the speed of the city. We were also getting disillusioned with the political, social and economic setups that surrounded us. And when it became unbearable, the frustration that ensued forced us to pack our bags and leave the city life, once and for all.
We now stay in a village near Almora in Uttarakhand and practice farming. I have also created a small woodworking workshop. The interest in writing and design is still enjoying its youth. Deepti is not inclined towards writing but has agreed to share her views, experiences and details of our journey.
A journey continues!
In this journey we are also accompanied by our two loving homeschooled daughters who are trying to carve their own paths. We feel happy that we are able to give words to our journey and that our words enjoy your company.