College girl on a solo bike trip across India for the specially able soldiers
BHUBANESWAR: 'Ride for Soldiers' Mitsu Chavda, a 23 year-old college student from Surat Gujarat, reached Bhubaneswar on Monday as part of her nation-wide solo bike trip. She started her journey on November 26, 2017 to create awareness for paraplegic soldiers.
"These soldiers became disabled while serving for the mother land. Mistu has covered around 5000 kms in six states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andra Pradesh and Odisha.
During her trip she has been visiting to schools, colleges, clubs and addressing people about the sacrifices of paraplegic soldiers. She wants to create awareness about these soldiers among 25,000 people in the country,she said.
Daughter of an auditor, Mitsu said her parents initially opposed the idea of solo bike trip. "But they knew when I decide to do something I achieve it. They got convinced later as they knew I am doing it for a noble cause," she added.
Her route chart kept on changing due to bad weather conditions and sudden events during the trip. "I am not an expert or professional rider. I learned riding bike a day before coming out on my trip. But throughout my journey I got great support from biking communities. They help me for accommodation and also food," she giggled.
Mitsu visited Puri Jagganath Temple and Konark Sun Temple on Monday morning and will leave for Kolkata on Tuesday.
"I want to request today's youth not to get frustrated with their lives on small things. Many people are committing suicide for a mobile phone or over a love affair. Life is precious. All of us can bring changes in others' lives through some efforts," she signed off.