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HYDERABAD: From working at a ‘fancy retailer’ in a village close to Tenali (Andhra Pradesh) for `20 a day to amassing a follower depend of 3,81,000 on his journey vlog ‘Uma Telugu Traveller’, Uma Prasad Malempati resides his dream. It didn’t come straightforward, however Uma speaks of his struggles with an admirable nonchalance and frankness. No surprise, his followers can not cease gushing about his joie de vivre that may be felt even by means of a display. This journey vlogger, who studied formally until class eight and was then pressured to take up odd jobs to make a residing, is legendary for documenting his travels throughout Africa. He has been to nations like Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, and his dream is to cowl all of the 195 nations on the earth.
Uma has hung out with indigenous tribes in Africa and his movies are serving to to interrupt down a number of myths about these areas. Recalling his stick with the Hadzabe tribe in Tanzania, which he documented in a eight-part sequence, Uma says: “They nonetheless comply with the outdated methods of residing. They hunt animals with bows and arrows and sleep in bushes. Among different animals, they eat pythons and consider that making use of the snake’s fats beneath the nostril can deal with one of bronchial asthma.
They additionally make three markings beneath every eye with a particular twig to treatment imaginative and prescient issues. They are very pleasant and I learnt loads from them.” In his movies concerning the Samakay tribe who reside with out electrical energy and different trendy facilities, he provides a glimpse of their villages, homes, meals and approach of life. He has additionally been to animal sanctuaries and safaries, and has shared his adventures with mountain gorillas and cheetahs. One of his most memorable journeys, he shares, was to the village of Umoja Uaso in Kenya the place no males are allowed to reside. The village began as a sanctuary for survivors of sexual violence, and so they soak up any girl who’s oppressed by patriarchy.
It has not even been an yr since Uma began his vlog. He roamed round Africa within the pandemic yr and has produced over 120 movies now. His first video was a couple of man named Moosa who grows Indian greens in Mali. With 15 movies, he had round 800 subscribers. And immediately, from June 1, the visitors to his vlog elevated exponentially. “It was nothing quick of a miracle. My channel recorded 15,000 followers per day by means of every week. In reality, I obtained a mail from YouTube which mentioned that there was some uncommon visitors to my channel,” Uma recollects with fun.
“While I used to be rising up in Vijaywada, a monetary tragedy introduced us on the streets. I needed to drop out of college and relocate to my mom’s village close to Tenali. I did odd jobs that will fetch `20 per day. I labored in Andhra canteens, building corporations and at cycle restore outlets. However, I had this dream to see the world and expertise totally different cultures. It took me a while, however am glad that I arrived,” Uma says.
He was continuously looking out to search out sources of revenue, and when a relative recommended that there was a job in a rustic referred to as Mali, Uma didn’t hesitate to take it up. He shifted to the nation in West Africa and began working in a water processing plant. But he by no means forgot his dream and stored looking for methods to grasp it. When he expressed the identical to his boss, the latter fortunately lent him cash to purchase a smartphone. Uma learnt methods to make YouTube movies with assist from the web and buddies, and there was no trying again.
Uma takes a information with him in every single place and makes use of Couchsurfing to reside with locals. He additionally retains in contact with Indians in these nations. During his keep in Mali, he picked up the native language, Bambara, and a bit of French too. He learnt English from different travellers. Now, his followers be sure that he will get a heat welcome in any nation he visits. Was it tough for him to speak with individuals from such numerous nations? “No, under no circumstances.
We converse totally different languages however a smile is known universally. If you wish to make buddies with strangers, you simply have to smile and say whats up. People listed here are variety and I’m honoured that they accepted me as their visitor. I wish to inform them about India and the similarities we share,” provides the traveller, who’s all set to discover Ethiopia.