Hyderabad girl pens down ‘two-wheeled’ travelogue

Express News Service

Piya Bahadur could come throughout like an everyday Hyderabadi girl who loves her chai, morning newspaper and sunshine.

But it is just while you begin taking to her that she reveals of the leap of religion she took to resolve to go on a street journey, a captivating 56-day journey by means of the East Indian Coast and the Northeast of India, weaving by means of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, alongside the river Mekong, lastly to Cambodia, and culminating in a gathering with the Prime Minister. 

Before the motorcycling bug bit her, Piya was Regional Officer on the US-India Education Foundation and earlier than that, labored on the Indian School of Business. She is presently working at her startup, which makes software program to assist small companies, particularly women-owned, run extra effectively. 

Although she did the journey in 2018, her e-book which is out now’s making a buzz and that’s why street journey loving Hyderabadis and travellers throughout the nation are curious to know extra about how she managed to do it?

“I must confess that the decision to take up the journey was more arduous than the journey itself. I am 46, mother of two girls in colleges with their board exams coming up during the time I wanted to travel. My mind raced through all those stereotypes. How will the girls manage with their father when I am not around. Is it fair for me to leave them to their devices during such an important exam phase? What will others say? But my family said that when an opportunity comes calling, one must embrace it. In fact my daughters Aditi and Anu said they want me out of their hair. They said that I should trust my  upbringing and that they would do a great job with their exams while I took up this journey,” she shares.

“In fact, I also told them I would do it for a week, get a taste of it and return home and they chided me saying go big or go home. So I took  up this journey that gave me a new perspective in life,” she provides.

A personal one that doesnt consider in placing up her life on social media, Piya silently did the journey and has began telling the world after a number of of her readers reached out to her telling her how her resolution impressed them too, to take holidays, if not a street expedition.

“I felt the necessity to actually speak about it as I discover that my journey is now like a beacon of sunshine for many individuals, particularly girls, who need to do what they select to do with out getting burdened by stereotypes or the ‘log kya kahengey’ syndrome.

Piya, who has labored within the US for over a decade and got here to India in 2003 and once more went again for a stint and at last settled down in Hyderabad in 2013 and calls herself a Hyderabadi now has been part of the well-known Bikerni group which was for ladies on bikes and quick holidays by street.

“However, I had by no means finished such lengthy ones, however when the concept to do a visit like this and we acquired Bajaj to lend us the bikes and Telangana Tourism to fund us. I felt that all the things was falling in place and it was the correct time to take the leap. Isn’t true empowerment concerning the abilty to decide on?” asks Piya who recollects how her dad impressed her when he travelled cross nation in 1979. 

It took the 4 girls 9 months of paper work and preparation for the 56-day journey and all of the experiences are actually within the e-book. Piya believes that it’s straightforward to fly one from place to the opposite, rent a automobile and do the vacationer factor and are available again with some footage.

But it’s street journey that places you in contact with the actual world. “When you enter India by means of Mumbai after which journey to Assam by street, you will notice that the panorama, the meals, the tradition and the ethos adjustments each 200 kilometres in India,” he provides.

So what are her observations or classes from the journey? “That comforts reminiscent of beds, ACs, followers, plated meals and many others are extremely overrated and that you are able to do away with all of those and nonetheless have a wonderful journey. That the sort of significance that public areas give to girls is definitely a mirrored image of the sort of freedom she enjoys within the society. I’ve observed how states the place the standard of life of ladies is nice even have respectable public restrooms for them whereas states the place their high quality of life is compromised resonates with soiled restrooms,” she says.

On that be aware, how did they handle their biobreaks on lengthy stretches with out relaxation rooms? Piya guffaws and says, “We did pee all over the world as sometimes we could not help it. Luckily, we never have to meet the onlookers again so it was okay. We used to laugh nervously if were caught in the act and that humour would defuse the tension,” she says.

About falling sick or assembly with untoward incidents throughout the journey, she stated, “We spent a number of time planning and that actually helped. Well, we did get fortunate however then I suppose we 4 girls, all in our reproductive ages, did undergo two units of intervals throughout the journey. Yet, no person whined or was down. It was the spirit of freedom that egged us on.”

However, for her the most effective a part of the journey was feeling like ‘female Rajinikanth’ at any time when she needed to get off her bike, take off her helmet and stroll as much as the gasoline station and ask for a refill. “I used to play my very own background music so as to add to the swag,” she quips.

Road to Mekong – Four Women, Six Countries – 17,000 Km- AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME by Pan Macmillan india

For 46 days, 4 girls left their ‘regular lives’, houses, households and luxury, to experience their motorbikes by means of scenic landscapes, inhospitable terrain and various areas. In this course of, they coated 17, 000 kilometres by means of six international locations. What impressed them to observe this harmful, and at  occasions maddening, journey path? In Road to Mekong, Piya Bahadur recounts her once-in-a- lifetime journey by means of Southeast Asia.

With little prior expertise in expeditions of this nature, the group efficiently deliberate and executed an exhilarating journey from Hyderabad, by means of the East  Indian Coast and the Northeast of India, weaving by means of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, alongside the river Mekong, and at last to Cambodia. By the time they returned, the lives of those audacious girls had modified ceaselessly. Piya takes the reader alongside on her travels by means of locations she visited.

(The author works at kalanidhi@newindianexpress.com)

Twitter: @mkalanidhi

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