Can you stay in a jungle without proper food and facilities? Obviously, the answer is no. But a man from Karnataka had been living in the forest for over 17 years. Yes, what you read is right. If you are excited about finding out about him, then this article is for you.
Chandrashekhar (56) has lost his home and other belongings when a cooperative bank seized all of them as he did not repay a loan of Rs 40,000. Later he moved to his sister's place in Adtale. But there were also many problems that arose which made him leave the forest with his car. He parked his car deep inside a forest between the villages of Adtale and Nekkare, near Dakshina Kannada.
He covered his car with a tarp and he set up a working radio on his bonnet. He used to sell the baskets that he weaved from the dried sticks and make money. He used to bathe in the nearby river inside the forest and continue to live his life.
In a recent conversation with Chandrashekhar, it was revealed that his makeshift home is surrounded by several wild animals like leopards, bison, antelopes, and elephants. He stated that he is so habituated to the forest life and refuses to go back home.
Chandrashekhar said, "I don't even cut bamboo. If I do it, I will definitely lose the faith that the forest department has in me". Though he was affected by the lockdown, he did not touch the property of the forest; instead, he survived only on water and other fluids.
After 17 years, he was known to people when Aranthod Gram Panchayat officials visited him to administer the Covid-19 vaccine. After the lockdown, now that everything is opening up, Chandrashekhar's life is also returning to its original ways.