In a trip that charts the shape of India’s map, Sangeetha Sridhar will begin her journey from Gateway of India in Mumbai on August 12 and hopes to return to the same spot by February 2019. The woman added that she had been preparing extensively to make her fit to undertake this journey, also stated she wanted to inspire other women to travel like her.
“I’m doing a number of social activities during my ‘Clean India’ trail: an experiential audit of public toilets, along the national and state highways, awareness about Clean India and responsible tourism among school and college students, empowerment of women to undertake smaller clean trails in their area and ensure public toilets trail have water and sanitation facilities, adoption of toilets in the perimeter as CSR by corporate offices for sustainable sanitation on roads, etc,” she said.
Sangeetha will also lead a minimalistic lifestyle by livings on basics, in the Gandhian way, by living in the 24 sq ft space of her modified car for six months. “I also hope to neutralise the carbon footprint by donating saplings and planting trees in each city to make a green journey, as well as practice yoga and being vegan,” she added.
The multi-tasker, who came back to India from UAE after her father’s death, was inspired by his question to her, “What have we done for India?” She concludes saying, “I have modified my Tata Hexa car especially for the drive and have also practiced sleeping inside to ensure I face no difficulties later.
I intend to cover around 300 kms a day during the course of my Bharat Yatra! My journey should be experiential proof and I hope it creates a ripple effect of sorts for others to follow in my wake. The FICCI Ladies Organisation is helping organise interactions in several cities, and I’m really looking forward to it.”