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The experience trail

CHASING HIS DREAM: Musician Raghu Dixit.

CHASING HIS DREAM: Musician Raghu Dixit.   | Photo Credit: de20 periscope

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Cruising through distant parts of the country, travellers dwell on the highs and lows of a journey

Eleven inveterate travellers from different walks of life embarked on a weeklong road journey to explore interesting facets of cuisine, technology and unique features of different destinations. This was part of a campaign, ‘One Tank. 1500 Kms. One Classic Story’ launched by Ford India and flagged off in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.

It saw eight teams in commensurate number of swanky cars cruising to fascinating parts of the country. For most motorists it was pure joy while for a few it was unmitigated disaster. One cinematographer accompanied each participant on the journey that concluded on Friday.

For musician Raghu Dixit it was his long cherished dream to visit village Pusad in Maharashtra where some locals have apparently benefited from a micro crediting scheme.

“I am ambassador of NGO Rang De. Four months ago, we distributed money to farmers on low-interest loans. So, on this journey I wanted to find out how the loan had benefited farmers in terms of providing them livelihood opportunities. How long can we keep cribbing that the government is not doing anything?"

Actor Errol Marks was curious to find out how theatre groups were surviving in Goa.

“When we went to South Goa it was raining heavily so we headed north. I got a first hand experience of witnessing the modus operandi of Goanese theatre. Contrary to my presumption, theatre is thriving there because of the absence of cinema. Only a few multiplexes exist.”

For digital consultant Abhishek Baxi, who used technology to assist him while navigating, the trip virtually came to a grinding halt when he was greeted with a landslide at Rohtang-Pass in Himachal Pradesh.

“Being a techie guy I wanted to see how locals make use of technology in their day-to-day existence. We rode on unmapped locations. However, while travelling from Manali to Lahaul-Spiti we could not move an inch because of heavy landslide at Rohtang Pass. Suddenly, nature took over and we realised the futility of technology.”

Bangalore-based chef Madhu Menon wanted to savour the culinary delight of famous Hyderabadi street food -- flooded with a wide assortment of biryanis and Mughlai dishes -- in his expedition.

“I never visited Hyderabad before but thought what better time to go to the city of Charminar than Ramadaan, when there is an array of delicious food everywhere. My quest was to find the most authentic and delicious Muslim cuisine and share that with my friends on social media.”

Thankfully he saw the city come alive with streets dotted with food stalls selling gastronomic delicacies like chicken korma and mutton biryani. A perennial foodie, Madhu digged into as many plates of biryani as he could digest.

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