Baffled with the demonetization of Indian currency, a group of 6 foreign tourists along with their Mumbai-based friend were welcomed with open arms by the Pathak family from Pithoragarh after knowing that they were having currency issues. Two girls Angel Kiss Kosmala from Polland, Iuonivo Olgo from Ukraine and five boys including Tarznov Alkesi mountaineer from Russia, filmmaker Max Stephen Oliver Fables from Haiti, Rox from Lithonia, Lionel Martinez from France and their documentary filmmaker friend Rahul Hemanti Pandey from Mumbai reached Pithoragarh on November 16,2016.
Falling short of Indian currency, the group thronged the bank several times to exchange their notes but failed miserably. Luckily on Thursday they met Yogesh Pathak, Secretary at Theatre for Education in Mass Society at Kurmanchal bank’s branch who promised to help them. Yogesh talked to his mother Kavita Pathak and father Kedar Dutt Pathak to invite the group for having lunch at their home. Mr. and Mrs. Pathak who were eager to help the group said Yes!
On Friday, the group was cordially invited by the Pathak family for having a lavish lunch at their home. The group feasted on traditional Pahari cuisines like Jholi-bhaat, Mandua ki roti, Bhatiya and also tasted the famous Dhaniya ka namak. They were also handed some money as a token of love by the family. The entire Pathak family including Yogesh, his mother-father, elder sister Renu Pathak, elder brother Dinesh Pathak, sister-in-law Asha Pathak, nephews Ashish and Mukul were on their toes to make their guests happy, fulfilling the real meaning behind the famous Sanskrit verse ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ meaning ‘The guest is equivalent to God’.
Being overwhelmed by Pathak family’s hospitality, the group thanked them for all they had done. Since they had only 4,000 rupees new currency along with 120 euro and 65 dollars, for them a little help meant a lot especially coming from unknown people in an alien land. Pankaj Tiwari, the branch manager of Kurmanchal bank also helped the foreign tourists after realizing their condition and offered them 1000 rupees from his side.
The group is currently staying at Ramkrishna Mission Ashram and will leave for Nepal on December 1. Their main motive for coming here was to make a documentary film on humanity. Most parts of the shooting were done in Kumaon and cinematography will take place in Nepal for which they’ll be heading soon. The group wanted to spread a good message about humanity through their documentary film and by meeting the Pathak family they surely have received the best example of it. On being interviewed by Amarujala, the group applauded PM’s step on curbing black money and corruption. They also shared their thoughts by saying that the future is bright for India.