By Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Women's Feature Service. email@example.com
On September 18, 2011, Bimola Rai’s world was reduced to rubble. A student of Class III in Bop village in Chungthang block of North District in Sikkim, a Himalayan border state, she was left traumatised when a devastating earthquake of 6.9 magnitude on the Richter scale, flattened her home and school building, located at an altitude of 5,500 feet.
Today, Bimola joins 26 other children of her village to walk a four kilometre stretch, filled with quake debris, to reach the Tasa Tengay Government Secondary School. The trek has become a daily feature in her life, ever since her earlier Bop Primary School made alternative arrangements for her schooling. This brave band of youngsters set out from their village early in the morning, to make sure that they reach school by 7.30 am. Though the trek to school is...