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Cycling for a cause

Students from Pune who are on a bicycle expedition to Kanyakumari in Salem on Friday.— PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANANStudents from Pune who are on a bicycle expedition to Kanyakumari in Salem on Friday.— PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN


Twenty-five women on way to Kanyakumari from Pune on bicycles to spread Swami Vivekananda’s message reached here on Friday.

Of them 22 are students at Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University, Pune. They started pedalling from Pune on December 21 and have covered more than 1,100km.

Vasanti Jayant Joshi (52), a lecturer of the university, who leads the expedition said that the aim of the expedition was to spread Swami Vivekananda’s message of empowering youth and women, and protecting the environment from pollution.

“We will cover more than 1,600km when we reach Kanyakumari on January 11,” she said.

“On Friday, we started from Krishnagiri and reached Salem at around 1.30pm. We will start from Salem and proceed to Karur on Saturday. We start pedalling at 6.30am and cover a distance of about 100km a day,” she added.

Ms. Vasanti said that the girls were given training for three months to prepare them physically and mentally. Three vehicles accompany them — one in the front to guide them, the next carries spare cycles and parts, and the third, a pantry car.

“The rally has taught us discipline, team building and has improved our level of confidence. It will change our personality,” said Gayathri Phadnis, and Monica Jadav, students.

“This is a different experience for us as we get a chance to interact with people from different backgrounds,” said Sadhana Padaal, and Komal Mali, students.

The students said Ms. Vasanti, the first woman to peddle successfully to the top of Khardung La (18,350 feet above the sea level and the highest motorable road in the world), was their source of inspiration.

They will take part in the 151st birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda organised by the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari on January 12. They will return to Pune by train the next day.

In Salem they were received by members of the Junior Chamber International, Salem Metrocity.


These students started their journey from Pune and will reach Kanyakumari on January 11



Cycling expedition @ beach side

Cycling enthusiasts participated in a two-hour cycling expedition organised by the Visakhapatnam district unit of Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) here on Sunday.

Some 38 persons in the age groups 11- 68 participated in the cycling event that was flagged off at the Aqua Sports Complex on the Beach Road by Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G. S. N. Raju on Sunday morning.

The cycling enthusiasts, including students, girls, youth and elders, went along the beach road to Sagar Nagar and returned.



Cycling @ BEACH with Morning Breeze….

Youth Hostel Association of India, Visakhapatnam district unit, will conduct a cycling programme on the beach road on October 20 at 6 a.m. YHAI in association with GVMC will provide cycles to all participants.


Doctor on cycling mission from Kashmir to Kerala

Former international president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Dr. Unni Karunakara on Saturday set out on a 100-day cycling mission to create awareness about health issues and to raise funds.

He began his 5,000-km Kashmir to Kerala odyssey at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences here. The doctor will pedal through 64 cities, towns and villages spread over 10 States.

He describes the journey, called the ‘Unnicycles Tour’, as an awareness campaign about medical humanitarian action and to raise money for the people in need of health care all over the world.

As a medical intern in India in 1988, he had biked from Delhi to Leh and from Srinagar to Delhi.

“I dreamed, one day, to ride from one end of India to the other. Twenty five years later, I can fulfil this dream and combine it with my other passion, which is to connect with people and learn from each other,” Dr. Karunakara said.

He had a word of advice for medical students in the valley. “You do not have to get on a plane and travel to Africa to be a humanitarian. All you need is to be aware of what is happening in your society and how you can be of help.”

Dr. Karunakara will be joined by other riders including Canadian Olympic silver medallist Helen Upperton and Indian poet and author Jeet Thayil. Dr. Karunakara ended his three-year term as the international president of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organisation on October 1. — PTI




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