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Like different youngsters his age, four-year-old Abijosh may not be capable to reel off all of the capitals of Indian states.

However he has already carried out one thing that his friends may not do of their total lifetime: go to 28 Indian states and 4 union territories.

Abijosh – alongside together with his dad and mom, Ashok B and Prabha Ashok – launched into an all-India tour in January, and have already coated the size and breadth of the nation. All this, inside 100 days, in a brand new automotive that coated 15,000-plus kilometres, thus dwelling as much as the outline they offer themself: ‘India’s first van life household.’

“Briefly, we have now carried out this: eat, journey, sleep, repeat,” laughs Ashok, throughout their current pit-stop at Chennai, after which they plan to cowl Puducherry, Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari. “Regardless of all the varied challenges, it was life-changing.”

Ashok, a supervisor at a dyeing unit in Tirupur, has been dreaming of this all-India journey for greater than a 12 months, however the logistics was a lot tougher than he thought. “Once I shared my intention with my spouse, a homemaker, she was recreation too. Convincing my dad and mom was the hardest, particularly as a result of we have now a four-year-old travelling with us! Solely after we promised that we might name every single day and share our location did we get permission from them,” he remembers.

Ashok B, Prabha Ashok and Abijosh, in Chennai, during their all-India tour

Ashok B, Prabha Ashok and Abijosh, in Chennai, throughout their all-India tour
| Picture Credit score: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B

He first deliberate to journey in his outdated Maruti Zen however fearing mechanical issues, invested in a brand new automotive (a Maruti Eeco Star) and put aside a sum of two lakhs for the journey. Within the first week of January, the three launched into the journey within the automotive that accommodates all necessities, together with a mattress, fan, gentle and torches, and a tent, in case the situation they’re in affords house. Armed with a 15-litre water can and and a range and cylinder for cooking, the household not solely skilled the varied cultures that the states needed to supply, but in addition lead an bizarre life, together with sleeping within the automotive, bathing at petrol bunks and consuming at roadside dhabas.

Alongside the best way, they chronicled each main side of their journey on their GoPro, to make sure that their 20k+ YouTube channel subscribers (Prabhas View) get to expertise their journey as properly. “There have been difficulties,” admits Prabha, who balanced camerawork and taking good care of the kid whereas Ashok drove, “However it’s all about adapting to completely different environments.” Her favorite experiences embrace spending time within the Thar Desert, the place the household slept underneath the celebs, and in Kashmir, the place they noticed snow for the primary time.

Aside from experiencing the cultures of various Indian states, this household’s journey additionally has a objective: to advertise and save agriculture. “We wish to increase consciousness concerning the significance of agriculture in our society.”

The household began from Tamil Nadu, headed to Kerala and Karnataka earlier than going north. In a frenzy to get from one state to a different, from did they miss the routine? “Right here too, there was a routine,” he stresses, “We would have liked to go about our on a regular basis enterprise, with out the comfort and luxuries {that a} dwelling affords us.” In chilly areas, the household would go for a late begin, resulting from poor lighting outdoors, however elsewhere, they’d have completed 200 kilometres earlier than 10am. Whereas their morning breakfast was normally at a resort or dhaba, they took an hour’s break within the afternoons to prepare dinner, for each lunch and dinner. “In these few months, we have now bathed in petrol bunk relaxation rooms, small streams and even a farm pump-set! If you happen to embark on one journey like this, you’ll be taught to adapt and never at all times demand luxuries, like fan and air-conditioning.”

He is not only speaking about himself and his spouse, but in addition his four-year-old, whom they quickly plan to home-school. “On this 100-day journey, he has already noticed and learnt a lot. Why go to highschool when there’s the world to be taught from?”


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