5000 km-15 days-145cc vehicle: We could die

5 11 2007

The least you can do is give us a tenner in aid of Mercy Corps.

In January 2008, a friend of mine and I are going to be taking the risk of our lives.

We’ll be driving across the length of India, right to the mountains in Nepal, in the lamest, most fragile and most breakdown-prone piece of engineering ever made here — the great Indian auto-rickshaw. And this is all for a noble cause — charity.

We need to raise at least a £1000 or more for the world famous charity org Mercy Corps before or during this 15-day-long odyssey. We’ll be trying to avoid cutting ourselves open, breaking our heads or crashing into an oncoming truck or a tree or a dog because dogs are nice. We might even have to slay pythons, manoeuver our way around a mud slide, hang from a cliff until help comes by and all that jazz — all while driving on not so particularly nice Indian roads.

The least you can do is help by donating towards this cause. You may do so by clicking on the widget on the side or here.You may pay as little or as much as you like. We’d be more than thankful. In exchange if you’d like us to stick a picture or spray paint your name or a message for a loved one on our auto or anything crazy, we’d love to do that. We are open to ideas.

Here’s what the awe-inspiring auto-rickshaw and our team logo look like.

Auto rickshaw Stevie Wonder’s Driving School
Yeah, we’re calling ourselves Stevie Wonder’s Driving School. Some people think it’s clever.

Starting from Kochi in south India, we’ll be driving up north, right through the central Indian plateau area and all the way up to the mountains until we cross into Nepal. Since all the teams taking part in this charity race organised by the TheAdventurists.com are free to take any route that they desire, the approximate distance that we are looking at covering within a span of 15 days is at least 4,500 km.

The tentative routes that a lot of people are planning to take are:

India Map and our routes in the rickshaw run in jpeg

If you’d like to get more information on this wicked race and our charity ambitions before you finally click on the ‘PAY’ button, you may directly contact me here: laidbackness@gmail.com

Thank you once again,

Megha 🙂


Mercy Corps Scotland Mercy Corps Scotland
Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided over £650 million in assistance to people in 100 nations. Supported by headquarter offices in Europe, North America and Asia, the agency’s unified global programmes employ nearly 3,400 staff worldwide and reach more than 14.4 million people in more than 35 countries. Over the last five years more than 90% of the agency’s resources have been allocated directly to programmes that help people in need. For more information, visit http://www.mercycorps.org.uk
Charity Registration No SC030289




13 responses

5 11 2007

you are moving from laidbackness to insanity…do you know how to drive an autorickshaw?

5 11 2007

Some friends I have 😛

6 11 2007

which one are u taking blue one or the purple one or the red one?

7 11 2007

5000 miles on a Rickshaw! vow that’s (almost) crazy but it may just work. Best if luck on your endeavor. 😉

10 11 2007

all the best !!! I am from cochi !!! really happy to see this post …. 🙂

14 11 2007

where r u take that pict, baby?

15 11 2007

I tried to sign up to donate, but i can’t seem to get the signup form to load. Guess I’ll give it another shot tomorrow. Good Luck!

15 11 2007

Thanks Daniel. I am sure that the problem with the page is temporary. I hope they fix it soon 🙂

16 11 2007
Arun Pillai

Good luck!!!

29 11 2007

Go girl Go!!!

Well i have come across very few people this young who would venture out to do something fun and noble at the same time. Working in IBN, you could also vouch for a corporate sponsorship if you havent yet got one..Iam sure a few corporates would come out for this cause. (Ofcourse they get their peice of publicity!!) Maybeb Bajaj themselves could be a prospective Co to approach…

Now I came across your blog page through ur orkut profile!! weird ways of the web!!
Music-Travel Journo, charity – underground, alternative music – coldplay!! quite a combination!

Its funny i a best friend whos working in IBN.. an assistant editor..small world.. 🙂

neways.. keep it up.. keep the fire alive..

12 12 2007

You gonna drive that ‘rick yourself??
And yeah…do tell which route you finally chose.

13 12 2007

Yeah, my team mate and I will take turns to drive the rick. And we are yet to decide the route but watch this space after 28th December. I’ll definitely point you towards where you’ll be able to read almost-daily updates on our odyssey.

31 12 2007

nice blog , all the best with your trip,

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