In the 1970s, when Prakash Amte decided on an impulse to stay and work at Hemalkasa in Maharashtra few could have predicted what he would achieve over the next 30-40 years. Probably, not even his own father, the legendary Baba Amte. When he and his wife Manda, began their adventure in this quiet jungle, the place was beautiful but isolated from all civilisation. There was no electricity for the first 17 years. No supplies of food and no school for their children. The river Bandia flooded in July and Hemalkasa was completely cut off for 6 months in a year. And the challenges were enormous. The Madia Gond tribe were hunter-gatherers. They had little access to regular food and almost no health care. Diseases and deaths due to Malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, whooping cough, gangrene, ulcers and malnutrition were quite common. The tribal people were also very suspicious of city-dwellers and ran away if they saw them.