Even as reports of unrest come in every day from different corners of the world, eight Punekars have decided to go on a journey for peace. All eight are local entrepreneurs and members of the biking group, Dreamerz and Doers, who will soon embark on a 41-day, 10,000-km bike ride that will take them through seven countries — from India to Bhutan and back, and then to Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore.
A journey for peace: The group of eight bikers will go from India to Bhutan and back, and then onwards to Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore
The trip is the brainchild of Mahesh Prabhudesai, who runs a real estate business in the city. “We are all in the age group of 34 to 51 years, and have different professional backgrounds,” he said of the group, adding, “We are going on this trip to spread the message of peace. We will carry stickers that will promote peace, and we will also soak in the local culture everywhere we go. We intend to live with local residents at each place we stop, and will live, eat and do as they do, to learn as much as we can about their community.”
The group is enthusiastic about this mingling of cultures, and intend to give their international hosts a taste of Maharashtrian culture as well, by cooking traditional Maharashtrian meals for them.
The eight, including Prabhudesai, Vijaysingh Chavan, Yatin Tambe, Shashikant Hande, Satish Patil, Vijay Hargude, Sandeep Shinde and Ram Phuge will kickstart their journey on their Royal Enfield motorcycles from Balgandharv Rangmandir, on Jangli Maharaj Road on October 18, 9 am.
“I’m very excited about the whole expedition, and am confident that I will complete it. I exercise regularly to keep fit. Also, the idea of staying with the locals in their homes is very exciting, and will help us spread the message of love and peace,” said Yatin Tambe (51), a friction welding machine manufacturer, the oldest member of the group.