“The world is a book. And those who do not travel read only one page”
The quote by Saint Augestine is what this biker uses to describe his life. He’s had travel escapades in his life before, but nothing like the one we’re reporting about today.
Dhruv Dholakia is a 34-year old man who worked in Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Several months ago, Dholakia’s wife left him. He was then fired from his job. And then he suffered spinal injury! He says:
“I was stuck in a circle of monotony. My bank balance was getting bigger, but I wasn’t growing as a person.”
And that’s when the 34-year old decided to take this giant step. He decided to travel the length and breadth of the country on his Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle. Royal Enfields in India share much of the same fandom and loyalty among its riders like Harley-Davidsons do, here in the U.S.
India is no small country, so this journey wasn’t going to be a week-long trip. He traversed through all of the country’s 29 states. It took him a whole of 16 months!
He came to be known as the “Bullet Yatri” (Bullet Traveler). Dholakia says that the journey taught him things he couldn’t even imagine. Isn’t that what all of us realize after taking long trips like that?!
Dholakia did a lot of soul-searching, and came out a new man. He was deeply inspired by Steve Jobs, who had traveled across India decades ago for soul-searching too!
At one place when his motorcycle broke down, he took it to a garage. The garage was run by local gangsters, who very proudly boasted of the number of murder cases pending against them! Then, in the North-Eastern state of Tripura, he found the power of love, and how it triumphed money.
“I’m from Mumbai, so for me, everything was about money. But When I was in Unakoti in Tripura, a poor old man let me stay at his place for free, and even cooked me food, despite me offering to pay. That really affected my outlook on life.”
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