KAUSHIK DUTTA, Bankura: Picture this. A man sitting on top of a neem tree with his laptop, books, water and food and teaching his online class of students. Now, this might look straight out of a film scene, but this is exactly the daily routine of 35-year-old Subrata Pati, a resident of Indpur village in Bankura district of West Bengal.
His village has poor mobile network, and therefore, Subrata, a teacher by profession, is left with no other option but to climb up the neem tree everyday in search of “uninterrupted network connection.”
Due to COVID-19 lockdown, all the educational institutions are closed, but the online classes are available. Subrata of Ahanda village in Bankura, who teaches at a private institute in Kolkata, is now taking online classes for his students.
He climbs the tree with a wooden platform ( machan) everyday at 9 am and comes down in the evening after teaching the online classes. The wooden platform has been made with the help of some locals.
“Making such wooden platforms are not a new thing in our locality and it’s a common practice here. Elephants attack our village several times and the locals make such platforms to drive off the elephants,” said Subrata.
“Here in my village, the mobile network is very poor. But on the top of a tree, one can get a better signal. Since, I have to take the online classes, I have no other option but to climb the tree,” he said.