The urge to travel is inside all, some manage to take the fernweh out and in most of the cases, we tend to blame it on our choc-a-bloc schedules and commitments. But all travel stories are worth penning down, worth being heard and worth sharing. And then there are some whose euphoria cannot be bound in either of the three. The story of an Indian engineer is somewhat the same.
Naveen Rabelli, an engineer by profession was born in India but is an Australian citizen by passport. The man has managed to send travel itching to all with his crazy journey of touring across countries on a solar tuk-tuk. The idea, a brainchild of Rabelli striked him when he got stuck in a traffic jam with a friend.
The utility of solar powered vehicles- was the driving force behind this 10,000 km voyage across Serbia, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Switzerland and France. Yes, the number of countries you cannot cover with even 3 trips, the engineer did in one!
The solar tuk-tuk aka Tejas has been his great friend throughout the journey. Wherever he goes, people are impressed with his concept. They hear his stories, take pictures with him and the vehicle. And Naveen feels the message this way gets one more vote. He loves noticing people’s bafflement on knowing that the vehicle does not require any fuel!
The trip took off from India but after shipping the tuk-tuk to Bandar Abbas in Iran, the real canvas was spread out. On Monday, the man reached Britain. The purpose is loud and clear, let’s focus on using what can be used rather than exploiting the nature, raising awareness about electric and solar-powered vehicles.
The mini caravan that has been Naveen’s home all these days is quite equipped with a bed, a co-passenger seat, a solar cooker etc. His food however comes from the people he meet during his journey. They offer him food, he offers them soul food, the balance is thus maintained.