A mother often fulfills her dreams through her daughter… In my case, however, it turned to be just the other way round!
Well, my ultimate dream is to drive from New Delhi to Kanyakumari through the Western Ghats along the Arabian Sea and drive back along the Bay of Bengal. So far I have not got a chance, or rather I haven’t grabbed the chance to fulfill this wish of mine. But, not long back, my mother told me one fine evening that “I am going to Rameshwaram (from Delhi) and I am going to drive all the way!!”
That was 2 months back and soon the struggle began to find who is going to accompany her on this tour ‘cos it had to be all women “senior citizens only”. Now, the problem was that in mom’s generation and amongst all her friends and my friends’ mothers, 90% of the women can’t drive. But those who can drive, either they couldn’t be away from the family for that long or simply couldn’t dare.
In the meantime, both of us worked on the route, the stop- overs, the must- visit sites and the highways. Most of the mornings of January she would sit in the balcony basking in the winter sun, going through maps, Lonely Planet and recently aced “Google baba” to mark the distance between the proposed stop- overs. Alongside joined my langotiya yar Shivani Monga with truck-load of information on “how to travel on Indian highways” supplied in a bi-weekly dose by her friend- Saqib. (By the way she is also co-editor of this travel blog with my much- bullied- chhota- bhai Nimit Gandhi.)
That was that and gradually 2 more enthu cutlets joined the plan- mom’s friend and mom’s sister.
And now they are on their journey, journey of a life time: my dream journey that she is out to fulfill and some day I sure am going to make it too…
But for now, its about these three women on the highway.
New Delhi to Rameshwaram
3 women 4000 kms 5 states 29 days 23 stop overs and 1 single journey..
Here are our wonder women – Neeru Gandhi, Sarita Manocha and Monicka Chanana aged 60, 62 and 51 years, respectively. All three of them are Delhi- bred women, homemakers, one of them a super naani (grand mother) to a 5 year old:
the second, a lone wolf:
and the third, a tomb raider:
They set out on this unique journey covering the length of India to explore its variant landscape, language, bazaars, cuisines, culture…. basically having a good time away from home.
Having spoonful of traditional “dahi-cheeni” (curd and sugar) before leaving.
Tip: Adding sugar to curd (like tradition demands) helps calm the nerves, provides sustained energy release and keeps the brain active => makes it for a perfect starter before they set out on the long drive!
The blog aims to cover their journey as they drive from North to South through Five states; Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu exploring the rich and diverse heritage, culture, food and all that the “women on the highway” find attractive and engaging.
and as they drive on..