Potoska, who shied away from revealing her age, is from Warsaw, Poland and now lives in Rishikesh with her son Ram (9), who helps his mother to clear garbage from the camp.
She was at Gangotri when flash floods affected the area. “I managed to survive and saw both death and generosity at close quarters on my way down. So many people helped us to survive and I decided to do sewa when back in Rishikesh,” she said.
“The disaster was god’s act. No one had control over it but the courageous Indian army acted in wonderful manner in rescuing the pilgrims,” she added.