I believe the best part of travelling is meeting interesting people on the way. They inspire us, they share their stories with us, they make you travel more and they do influence you in many ways. Being a traveller, the proud moment is when someone tells you that your travel stories have inspired them and changed their life. It is even sweeter when this feeling is mutual.
I met Ambarish while I was in Chennai, when I went to attend the Chennai Couch Surfing meet. I saw a quite guy, among those who reached early for the meet. We talked and I came to know that he had an accident a few weeks ago and was advised to take complete bed rest. While riding, he fell from his motorcycle and badly injured his right leg. The story of his coming back to life is nothing short of a miracle. He was found and helped by an old lady, whom he consider as his God. The whole story is in blog.
When I met him, he was advised to take bed rest, not to sit straight for a long time and never to ride his bike till he gets completely recovered. He came there to tell me all these by riding his scooter!! Why Scooter? Because it was more comfortable for him to keep his legs than that in a motorbike. And no need to shift gears.
When we talked more, we came to know that we had so much in common. Our life's story was sort of similar. He asked me about my story. I was travelling at that time. So I told him about my travels, my stay at Sadhana forest and Auroville. He was really interested in visiting those places. And at the end of the CS meet, he offered to give me a lift. I came by bus and walking. So that offer was very kind. We were going in a similar route.
Well look who was offering me a lift?! Someone advised by a doctor not to ride bikes! It was raining a bit and I asked him if he wanted me to ride the bike. But he said he was good. He dropped me at my place and said goodbyes and left. That was the end of that chapter.
Recently I met him again, not in person but in this virtual world. And he told me that he really did go to the places I told him and spend much more time than I spent there. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience and he said it was a life changing experience. Well he again did all these trips with his not fully recovered leg. I was happy to inspire someone with my stories. But then it was his turn to inspire me.
[ Photo courtesy : Ambarish's Blog entry for the contest ]
He was selected as the top 10 finalist in the 4th edition of 'search for true wanderer' contest run by Wrangler. He is currently doing his dream trip on his mean machine, and that too with that same not-so-recovered leg! His story of determination and endurance appealed to the readers and they voted him to make him one of the 10 finalists.
As his trip is a secret one, even I am reading his live blog to know where he is heading next and how he is doing. You can read his live blog here if you wish to. Musings of a Wandering Soul
And probably you can help him achieve his yet another dream of winning the grand prize, Triumph Bonneville by voting for his blog, if you like his inspiring story. Vote and share, if you think he really deserves to win.
These kind of meaningful meeting on the road, makes the journey even more interesting. Keep travelling. Travel safe.