Meet Abdul Malik who is busy travels through neck-high water with a tyre-tube around his waist carrying his tiffin box and shoes in one hand above the muddy river. It’s hardly the average morning commute, but for this 40-year-old teacher, it’s all in a day’s work.
This is what it takes Mr Malik to get to the primary school where he has been employed for 20 years in a village in the Malappuram district of Kerala. According to Mr Malik if he goes by bus it covers 12-kilometres by distance but swimming through a river is easier and faster and takes 15 minutes. And as he arrives at river banks he changes to dry clothes and treks uphill 10 minutes towards school.
As he arrives at the classroom a bunch of children get excited and such a dedication who leads his students from darkness to light.