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Setting out on a dream mission

Anand Sankar

Two bikers plan to travel 25,000 km



NO BORDERS FOR THEM: Kishore Patwardhan and Srinidhi L. Raghavendra. — Photo: K. Gopinathan

Bangalore: It has been a dream for Srinidhi L. Raghavendra and Kishore Patwardhan and now they can't wait to fulfil it. Avid bikers, they have been aiming to do a trans-country journey on two wheels and now they are off on a 25,000 km trip through South Asia. Although first comes their passion for riding, they hope to spread awareness on the importance of "quality education for all" and promote Karnataka as an untapped tourist destination.

Mr. Raghavendra, 32, is a journalist and Mr. Patwardhan, 34, is in the real estate business. They call themselves Borderlessbikers.

Their journey will take them through India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Sri Lanka. "We will be travelling through regions which have some of the largest illiterate populations in the world, so that's why we have chosen education as our mission motto," they say.

The two themselves are financing the trip but various sponsors have chipped in with materials, principally TVS which has given them two Apache motorcycles. Also Rotary International has offered support in all the countries they will visit.

The rally will be flagged off on December 3 at 10.30 a.m. from the Mahatma Gandhi statue, M.G. Road, by K.C. Ramamurthy, Commissioner of Youth Services and Sports and Director-General of Sports Authority of Karnataka and R. Chandramouli, Vice-President, Marketing, TVS. You can follow their journey online at www.borderlessbikers.com.

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