Bandukwala Defies Buullet!
Bandukwala trio to hit the road!
Buy Line/ Ravi V.Chhabra
Bandukwala, Siddiqui and Kumar are almost like the characters from Aamir Khan’s blockbuster 3 Idiots. No, there’s a difference. These 3 musketeers, one of whom is a doctorate are nomadic roadies. They can even die for their endeavour and donuts!
Having taken on India’s famous roads measuring all the states, they shall soon cover a distance of more than 16,000 kilometers in less than 18-days beginning June 16, 2010 from Bangalore. They will attempt this in a Ford Endeavor and their travels will originate and terminate at Bangalore. They intend to do this for passion and adventure.
The trio is a travel freak and recently came to know that someone did this same feat in 19 days and 23 hours that made into the famous Limca Book of Records. They intend to beat hollow this feat and will be striving to break this record in less than 18-days flat.
All of 28-states and 5 Union Territories including the National Capital Territory of Delhi is what they intend to touch. A minimum distance of 16,000 km will be covered between the starting and finishing point – Bangalore.
Bandukwala-Sidd iqui-Kumar combo maintains : ’We have done lots of road trips in the past and almost covered the entire country by road. However, when we were planning our next road trip we chanced upon a record from the Limca Book of Records for the longest and fastest to drive across India.”
“When we started discussing this with our friends and family, the fact that the three of us intended to drive 24×7, 18 days on the trot for over 16,000 kms, get into the not -so-peaceful corners of the country, most of them said we’re out of our skulls, that we’d be smitten by worms, that we’ve got to be smoking pot. That in itself was inspiration for us. Every one used the word – impossible.. Our motto is : 'Journey is the Reward’.
Bandukwala told fnbworld: “We will do what we believe in”. These days, it's difficult for anyone irrespective of whether the individual is in the corporate world or a self -employed entrepreneur or a freelancer or an academician – taking over 20 days off just for a trip that your heart beats for – is a feat by itself. We’ve always followed what our hearts have longed for and have always believed in our abilities. The sense we make out of this is we never know what turn our life will take tomorrow, so while we’re at it, make the most of it! We’re dreamers and adore the fact that we do so”.
The road map: Bangalore (Karnataka) – Vellore – Chennai (Tamil Nadu) – Puducherry (Puducherry) – Madurai (Tamil Nadu) – Thiruvananthapuram – Kochi – Kozhikode (Kerala) – Mangalore – Karwar (Karnataka) – Panaji – Mapusa (Goa) – Belgaum (Karnataka) – Satara – Pune – Mumbai – Palghar (Maharashtra) – Silvasa (Dadra, Nagar Haveli) – Daman Daman (Daman & Diu) – Bharuch – Vadodara – Gandhinagar – Godhra (Gujarat) – Indore – Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) – Rajgarh – Kota – Jaipur – Bikaner – Ganganagar (Rajasthan) – Firozpur – Amritsar – Pathankote (Punjab) – Jammu – Udhampur – Srinagar – Kargil – Leh – Pang (Jammu & Kashmir) – Jispa – Manali – Bilaspur – Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) – Chandigarh (Punjab, Haryana & UT) – Nahan (Himachal Pradesh) – Dehradun (Uttarakhand) – Delhi (NCT) – Agra – Kanpur – Lucknow – Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) – Patna – Khagaria – Purnia – (Bihar) – Dalkola – Siliguri – Jalpaiguri – Cooch Behar (West Bengal) – Goalpara – Guwahati – Dispur (Assam) – Shillong (Meghalaya) – Karimganj (Assam) – Agartala (Tripura) – Silchar (Assam) – Aizawl (Mizoram) – Imphal (Manipur) – Kohima – Dimapur (Nagaland) – Jorhat – North Lakhimpur (Assam) – Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) – Tezpur – Nalbari – Kachugaon (Assam) – Alipurduar – Madarihat – Mal Bazar – (West Bengal) – Gangtok (Sikkim) – Darjeeling – Malda – Baharampur – Calcutta – Kharagpur (West Bengal) – Baharagora – Jamshedpur – Ranchi – Chaibasa (Jharkhand) – Kendujhargarh – Bhubaneshwar – Sambalpur (Orissa) – Raipur (Chhattisgarh) – Nagpur / Chandrapur (Maharashtra) – Nizamabad – Hyderabad – Kurnool (Andhra Pradesh) – Anantapur – Bangalore (Karnataka).
Roadie 1: Sameer Siddique is a sky diver, bungee jumper, 21st Century Nomad and a globetrotter. A few words that describe a box of adventure called Sameer. While most kids had aspirations to be doctors, engineers and scientists, Sameer very ripely expressed his desire to be a Truck Driver. Traveling is in Sameer’s blood. After having holidayed in UK, Germany, New Zealand, Azarbhaijan, Malaysia, Dubai, China and India, Sameer these days dreams of setting his footprint on the world map. As for work, Sameer is a Flight Attendant with a Leading International Airline Company.
Roadie 2: Ratheesh Kumar was born and brought up in God’s Own Country, Kerala, Ratheesh is as composed a man you will ever find. From Hotel Management Roles in one of India’s Largest Five Star Group’s to being a Swashbuckling Bar Tender at one of Bangalore’s hottest clubs, from freezing experiences in Leh to getting heat burns in Rajasthan, Ratheesh can never cease to surprise you. While not tripping, Ratheesh is employed with an International Airline.
Roadie 3: Aadil Bandukwala, 27, is for fast food and fast cars give him the kick. Aadil is an entrepreneur running an executive search firm armed with a Doctorate Degree. He calls himself speculation, adventure and the spirit of pursuit. His wife though calls him an incorrigible nincompoop. While not head hunting, Aadil likes to spend time, googling around, exploring multi cultural cuisines, taking vacations now and then, riding his Royal Enfield and killing time on his Mac.
fnbworld’s advise to Dr. Adil Bandukwala and the 2 other sidekicks/nincompoops is: Stay clear of roadside drinking water even in dire need. This beverage is both life-saving and life-taking. Besides, anything can happen in India/on Indian roads. Get used to the good old south Indian 'vadas' instead of donuts for a while. Good luck!