||Flag off Mr. N.K.P.Salve, Hon’ble
Steel Minister from SAIL head office, Ispat Bhawan,
||Flag off Mr. S.R.Ramakrishna & Mr.
Nimai Kumar Mitra, GM & MD, Ispat Bhawan, Bhilai
||Crossing through Bhiwandi riots
||Aboard M.V. Vishwamohini, Mr. Prashant
|Port Said Sea Port
||Sudden info that we have to leave the
ship right now ( 3 am) instead of next day.
Celarance of customs & immigration experience.
Arranging air for tyres
||Met Mr. Alfred Gonsalves, Ambassador.
Skid and Accident, Theft of spares – reporting
Tent poles forgotten in Youth hostel
Met Alex Simon of Air Canada on river Nile. Hosted us
Met one boy “ Ashraf” was very helpful (Ref.
Picture post card with Sunil)
Mr. Barbary, Technotraders Co. (Ref. Chakrapani) gave
us Egy. Pounds 50.
||Mr. Elias Costandi, Air India, got us
cheap Alexandria – Patras sea passage.
Bike fine for not having Arabic number plate for bike
||Mr. Mike Tsoukias of Federation Hellenique,
Athens – Gave us Tent poles
Mr. Kamal, had lunch with him.
Mrs. Malaspina, Hellenic Red Cross.
||Met Niny & Willem. Hosts in Holland
|Brindisi Sea Port
||Bike insurance had to pay very high premium
|Rome & Vatican
||Blessed by Pope on 24th June’84.
Dr. R.N.Roy of FAO., Mr. Ajmani, indian Ambassador
||Prof. Antonio & Mrs. Michelle Naim,
Stay arranged by Indian Ambassador Mr. Ajmani.Dr. Benjamin
Pushparaj – had dinner.
Stayed in 300 year old house
||Mrs. Pellizou Fanny, Stayed at their Yoga
school in Venezia Lido. Arranged by President of Yoga
||Camped in Tent in compound of a family.
||Met Neeta Tolani.Mr. A.K.Jain, (Ref. K.C.Jain
of Escorts) Vienna.Also met Mr. Sethi at his home.
Stayed in Studetnhaus in Vienna – Mr. Peter Solderitz
– arranged by Ms. Uma Iyer of Indian Embassy.
Mr. Ghosh of Air India.
|Linz & Salzburg
||Courtesy D.R.K. Rao, S.K.Dutt, Elizabeth
Grubber, Christine Mittermaya
Claus Muir, Photographer of “ Kronen zeitung”
|Gerestried (Near Munich)
||Stayed with Kapurs (Ref. S.K. Chopra,
|Ditzingen (Near Stuttgart)
||Stayed with Mahinder Singh Sammi (Gilu’s
ref.) Visit to Saxenhausen
B.S.Dadlani, Director, Govt. of India Tourist office.
Elke Beckmann, Air India office.
Encashed USD 1000 Demand Draft
|Dusseldorf, Duisburg, Bonn via Hanover
||Stayed with Mr. Sanjeev Sinha of M.N.Dastur.
Met Mr. Anil Kapoor of MN Dastur.
||Stayed with Dilip Chhatwani
Naval Advani. Daughter Sonu.
Motorbike repair – spokes and wheel balancing.
Rudiger Willmann, Motorrad Roers, Hamburg.
||Meeting Mr. Pierre Bergiers in Ferry,
host in Brussels
Mr. Suresh & B.M.Mahajan, Indian Embassy.
|40 Kms. South of Jonnkoping
||Camping. Early morning dusk feeling at
||Bike breakdown on way to Stockholm
Mr. R.Banerjee & Dilip Ray in Indian Embassy
Mr. Chibba’s Pensionate Oden, (brother of Bhilai
hotel restaurant owner).
Mr. Bengt Lindwall, MD & Mr. Bertil Ahlm, Exec.
Vice president, G.A.C.Shipping Ltd. (Gamla Stan hotel,
financial help) – Ref. Mr. M.Viswanathan of Calcutta.
Anders Haggaud, M.C.Garaget, Mechanic changed all spokes.
|Amsterdam & Hague
||Niny & Willem,
Met. Indian Ambassador – Mrs. Kochaar. First Secy.
– Mr. Biswas, Iind Secy.
Dr. Bhalla – Secy. Genl. Foundation of Critical
Choices for India, Hague – Had Dinner.
||Ms. Marjan De Buyst Won second prize in
Houtmeyers Stany of Lummen, Johan of Heusden –
Made friends – Benny, Linda, Lummen (Limburg).
visited us in Delhi, Bhilai
||Courtesy Mr. R. Banerjee of Esso (Ref.
R.Mailk – attended his son’s birthday –
thru Mr. R. Banerjee of Esso
|Clobecq(Near Brussels) and Bruggs
||Mr. Pierre & Rita Bergiers. Warm red
carpet welcome. 18th marriage anniversary on 6th Aug’84.
Phillipe Jaumotte, Tubize – English Teacher. Got
feel of his 1300 cc Yamaha bike.
Meeting their friends in central square.
Met Mr. Eric Gonsalves, Ambassador & P.P.Shukla,
Mr. Nikola Georgiev Of Moto’80 took us to Bruggs.
Leo Van der Linden, Asstt. Editor, AutoKrant magazine.
J.P.Allousius & Christian Duponchelle, D’leteren
Sports, Yamaha Motorcycle Dealer, Braine le Chateau.
||Mr. S.K.Roy, Addl. Dir. (Ops.), SAIL,
Mr. Wietol, M/s Paul wurth S.A.
Stayed in Hotel Nobilis.
||Mr. Triptimoy Dasgupta & Mrs. Dagma
Das Gupta (Artist – Calcutta village drawings)
Joined Independence Day celeberations at Embassy.
Complimentary bike repair – Mr. Peter (Mechanic)
and Mr. Hasler (Owner), Hasler Sports A.G. – Changed
Mrs. Gretl Girt, Mrs. Dasgupta’s auntie.
||Stayed with Mr. Y.P. Motwani of Indian
||Mr. D.D.Meghrajani, Ref. N.C.Bhambhani
||Won 1st Prize in Motorbike rally. Met
Miss Christine Martin of Onex.
Sent thru Air India office (I think Ms. G. Claire –
She was then Air India Mgr at N. Delhi)
Meeting Michael Pol, 23 Av. Morgines, 1213 Petit –
Lancy, Geneva (Ref. Picture post card with Sunil)
Mrs. Liaquat Ali (Mrs. Sehba Ali) of WHO.
Mr. Thomas Abraham, Ambassador.
||Mr. Roger Lechner, President of Federation
of MotorCyclist, Europe
||Arul, stayed with him. Worked in Indian
Mr. Marc Mauger, Air India office. Had kept our baggage.
||Ms. Ellen Hummel experience
|50 Kms. South of Bordeaux
||Tasted wines from vineyards
|Versaille (20 Kms. South of Paris)
||Didier and Francois – chance meeting
at Indian embassy.
Bernard Iserentant, Sales Manager, Cedex, Paris.
||Arjun Nathurmal & Pishu Lalwani. Stayed
in their hotel.
Enric Clara & Joseph Codina of Solo Moto. Ref. Pierre
Met Mr. Blair and Mrs. Lynette Goertzen of Canada traveling
on 1150 cc Suzuki in opposite direction. Box 174, Blackfalds,
Alberta, Canada TOMOJO
||Amarendra Khatua & Ashwini Gupta of
Shyam Karani, President, Indian Association.
R.Martinez, M/s S.A.C.O.E.X.
||Stay with Mr. S.K.Marwah of State Trading
Princess Diana blessed with son.
Met Mr. Swaraj Paul.Manorma Prasad, Ref. Rakesh Asthana
K.D.Golikeri (Hindujas) & Sidhwa (Ref. D.D.Menghrajani
Dr. S. Chatterjee (Ref. A.Banerjee of Dasturs)
By air to New York with Motorbike on pallet by. Courtesy
Air India Krishna Dev Rai aircraft Boeing 747. Our first
international flight in life.
||Dr.Anil & Anita Narula & family
of Aligarh Muslim Univ.
|East Retford (Notthinghamshire)
||Mr. A.K.Banerjee of M.N.Dastur & Co.
Daughters – Anita & Sumita.
Wine brewing by Banerjee.
Jeff Hill, Director Sales, Flowgates, Sheffield (Ref.
||Stayed at T. Rajkumar. Met his family,
celebrated his Finance Degree.
|New York, New Jersey, Hackensack including Guha’s
visit to Boston
||Release of Motorbike experience without
USD 10 handed onver by Ms. Patricia Ansari Gee, American
lady met in a restaurant during lunch hosted by Mr.
Gopalkrishan & Doshi & Sunil Sarna of Dasturs’s
Mr. Hardas & Asha Jethani (Sonia Thawaney’s
Mr. Nand Thakur (Mrs. Deepak Thawani sister's husband)
Dr. Anil Sehgal
Mr. K.M.Ghosh (Bobby’s relative)
Mr. S.K.Dutta of State Trading Corprn. (stayed with
Mr. Samar Ghosh, stayed with him one night in New Jersey
||Dr. Mohan & Mala Boolchandani Supported
with USD 100. She made our hair cut.
||Bimal Dutta. (Mr. Debi Aditya’s
brother in law.)
||Mr. P.C.Paikera. Daughters – Kunti,
Kirti, Amrit. Ref. M.R.Punja.
Anju – Indian High Commission.
Mr. Srinath Govur, Mr. Paikera’s friend. Helped
|Kingston (Queens University)
|Toronoto, Including Niagara Falls
||Alex Simon & Debbie of Air Canada
met on river Nile in Cairo, Pronob Guha
Vijay Khosla (Deepak Thawani – Gilu’s friend)
– horse racing, got us rear tyre.
Met Mr. Ikemoto Ken Maekawa of Japan Adventure Cycle
Club at Niagara.
||Saw Pontiac Fiero GM car plant. Arranged
by Mr. U. S. Guha (Bobby’s uncle) & Probir
Guha. Help of USD 450. Motorcycle overhaul experience
at Mr. Guha’s home. Mr. Don Lusk, Elect. Engr,
K & W Yamaha, fixed our bike.
Dr. Khosnobis & Mrs. Meena, Daughter – Shobha.
||Sanju & Sonia (Babli) – gave
USD 200, Got us USD 100 from her office.
|Lancaster (Ohio) Columbus
||Dr. P.K.Pandya (Ref. G.K.Mehta of Bhilai)
- Lancaster (Ohio)
Prof. B.Chandrasekharen [ Prof. Of computer science)
||Mr. Sanjoy & Mrs. Srinanda Ghose –
studying PhD. At Carnegie Mellon Univ. (Ref. Khasnobis.
) stayed with them. Sanjoy friends – Mr. Prithsesh
Basu & Suchismita, Srikrishna Ushasi Singh.
Mrs. Indira Gandhi shot. Signed condolence book at Indian
||Mr. Sundar & Vaishali Shetty, (Ref.
Khasnobis. ) stayed with them.
Mr. Inderjeet Singh (Kugi) Ref. Deepak Thawani
|Raleigh, North Carolina
||Mr. Ramesh Mathur, Children – Chetan,
Chhotu, Sandip (Ref. Khasnobis. ) stayed with them.
Met Dean Dr. Carl F. Zorowski, Associate Dean of Engg.,
NCSU, Motor racing enthusiast.
|Gastonia (Shelby) N.C.
||Mr. Jaikishan Amar & Mrs. Pushpa (Mr.
C.T.Thawani’s friend). Got us help of USD 300.
||Dr. A.Chatterjee & Mrs. Kalpana, Daughters
– Ranee & Sanjukta (Ref. Khasnobis. ) stayed
||Via Cherokee, Indian Reservation.
Attended Diwali get together.
Mr. Art Jackson – Interviewer, Exec. Director,
Uptown Shelby Assocn.
||Stayed with Dr. C.M. Shetty (Ref. Mr.
||Stayed with Mr. Priyani (U S Sindhi Directory
|Orlando, JFK Space Centre, Disneyworld, EPCOT Centre
||Return of Space Shuttle
Stayed with Dr. Jayaram Shetty, (Ref. Mr. M.R.Punja)
Halloween party – Ms. Lois Kile.
Mr. Sita Ram Aggarwal & Mrs. Paru (Ref. Dr. C.M.Shetty)
|N. Miami Beach
||Drove bike on Daytona beach, Marine Land
||Mr. Mahabala & Mrs. Vijaya Shetty.
Stayed with them.
Mr. Peter Modigan, Australian Service Mgr. Of New Wegs
(Yamaha motorbike shop)
||Jay Kumar Mr. Harjani (US Sindhi Directory
ref.) – put us up in hotel.
||Mr. A.K. (Ben) Sharma & Mrs. Kanika.
Stayed with them.
|Luisiana (New Orleans)
||Stay courtesy Mr. Bobby & Mrs. Priya
Mirchandani, children – Puja & Amit (Ref.
Mr. Chuck Patel, got us air filter for bike.
Superdome visit – Ms.Maria James.
||Vikram Bhagia, Suresh Bhagia. Met Dadi
Pari in Houston who had come on visit from India.
Visited NASA space center
Mr. S.R.Das – student of Univ. of Houston –
||Dr. H.N.Kumara (Ref. Mr. P.C.Paikera)
– stayed with them. Villa up in the woods.
Met Mrs. Ambuja Jyothi at their home – supported
us with USD 30/-
Mr. Jitu Patel, stayed in his hotel on complimentary
basis. Ref. Chuck Patel.
||Stayed with Mr. Gary (Gulu) & Mrs.
Poonam Gidwani , daughter – Manju (US Sindhi Directory
ref.).Extended lot of help.
Crossed Laredo & Neuva Laredo border by road into
||Ms. Sara Mejia of Taj Mahal Restaurant,
Jeeva Anandham (had seeen our interview in Fursat Mein
in Delhi before our flag off. N.Sundar’s mother
was Jeeva’s teacher.
After interview team had come to Tajmahal restaurant
after dinner to know more about India.
Motor bike breakdown on highway. (Help of Green Angle
– 80 Kms.) Jose Mata Padron – towed our
bike Green Angel along with Mr. Van & Salvador Gomez
Meeting Sara again at border.
|San Louis Potosi
||Ms. Sara Mejia’s family. Sara’s
brother Mr. George took us out.
|Mexico City Including Teotihuacan Pyramids
||ISKON people – Prof. Astika Dassa,
Brajwasi, Vaisnava Seva Dassa, Vrindavana Devi Dasi,
Vishnu (kid), Arundhati (Adrianne Nunez), Apurva Das
& their kid Nityananda etc. Ref. Sara. Gold chain
Lunch at Mr. N.P.Jain, Indian Ambassadors’ home.
Daughter – Nidhi.
Dinner with Mr. Ajeeth Kumar, IInd Secy.
El Norte newspaper - Miss Jacqueline Lerma, Miss Maria
Elena Sanchez Carrillo, Felipe, Hedit,
|Veracruz - Laguna Verde
||Could not go to South America as no ship
to take us & motorbike and “ war” going
on in Central America – Nicaragua & as advised
by Indian Embassy.
||Hiro Vachani, Jaisinghani, Raghuvir Shahi,
M. Parmar, and many others.
||Miss Judith Salinas Montes, Minerva Coday
Flores, Silvia Maya, Lilia Gregor – students of
||Maria Estella, Jose Luis Adan Guerrero
– Good luck penny.
|Pia De La Cuesta (Acapulco)
||Met Carolina (Ref. Picture post cards
Celeberated “ Nevidad” (Christmas Eve)
||Mrs. Maria Diaz De Cordero – Silver
Beauty Queen of Tasco
||New year celeberation with Adnan Guerrero
and his full family – about 40 members.
Yolanda – friend of Maria Estella
||Crossed “ dragging “ the bike
. Mr. Gidwani came at mid night to help us tow the bike.
Big bike repair including change of pistons
||Mr. Deepak Vaswani & his nephew –
Mr. Sunil Vaswani – made us stay in motel. (US
Drove in snow fall. 775 Kms. – Maximum during
entire tour in minus 7 Degree Centigrade.
||Stayed Dr. Gyan & Duru Khubchandani,
Children – Sujata, Navina, Zubin (Aunt of Dilip
Chhatwani of Germany)
Mr.Madhukar Nagarkar, Tempe (Ref. Hiro Vachani of Mexico)
||Met David and Fawn Baron, 725, Kenmare
Road, BalaCynwyd, Pa – 19004, USA.
Imax film “ Grand Canyon – The Hidden Secrets”
|Los Angeles (Diamond Bar) Hollywood
||Mr. Sujit Roy & Mr. Ashok Roy, Wifes
– Roma & Jaya (Stayed with them)
A.Duvvuri (D.R.K. Rao’s brother in law)
Mr. Gopi Advani (Ref. Jaikishan Amar – stayed
with them for 1 night at Freemonth)
Ms. Deena Burnham, met at McDonalds,Victoria, California.
Mr. Gene Schroeder, Paul & Bill of La Habra Yamaha,
La Habra – fixed our bike.
Mr. Clement Salvadori, Managing Editor, Road Rider,
Interviewed us. He also went around the world on bike.
Mr. Ed Abella, Customer Service Rep., Yamaha Motor Cycle
Mr. Prasun Guha Biswas, Irvine, UCLA – stayed
|San Louis Obispo
||Mr. D.P.Patel & Mr. B.C.Patel, had
dinner with them & made us stay in Mr. Kirit Patel’s
||Dr. Arobindo & Dr. (Mrs.) Pronobi
Nandi (stayed with them) – California T –
Full repair of motorbike – piston rings, cylinder
boring, replacement of chain, tyres etc.
Mr. Sadhu Khatwani
Flying Northwest Orient San Fransisco – Honolulu
– Tokyo – Bangkok @ USD 540 per person
Bike by Sea for USD 150.
To Yokohama, Japan on 30th Jan.1985. Reaching Tokyo
on 14th Feb. 1985.
Mr. Charles B.Kennedy & Ms. Evan, General Lines
Manager,SCI shipping agents – got us lower freight
rates for bike.
Mrs. Anita Zering, met in China Town, resident of Chicago.
Mr. Rishpal Singh, Consul Genl of India.
Mr. Rothin Sinha, student of Univ. of Berkely.
||Without bike. Stayed with Indian students
– Mr. Ujjayanta Chakraborty, Mr. Arun & Mrs.
Indira Kashyap, Ms. Raji, K.Ravishankar, Mrs. Rupa.
Mr. Greg Trifonovitch, Director, Culture of learning
Institute (Prof. Khubchandani – Centre of Communication
Students of East West Centre
Mr. David Watumall, Hon. Consul Genl of India. Supported
us with USD 100.
Ms. Francine Poling, met during our trip around the
island bus trip.
||Episode of stay at Mr. N.K.Singh’s
Mr. Kazuo Sasaki, Asstt. Mgr. - Stayed in Mitsubishi
Steel Mfg. Co. Hostel.
Mr. Kudo – Warden - Watch gifted by him.
Stay & prayers with Monks in Buddhist temple. Participation
in nuclear free world rally.
Visited Japanese home – Mr. Kazumasa Senga and
Dr. Moinuddin Malik (Aligarh Muslim Univ.) & Dr.
A.K.Gupta – stayed with them.
Collected bike on 20th Feb. 1985
Y. Nakajima, Matsuzaka Co. Ltd., Had lunch with him.
Ref. Mr. A.S.N.Sastry.
Mr. Fredhelm Schmitz, Vice president, Klockner Nippon
Ltd. Hosted lunch.USD 100 support from Mr………Ref.
Mr. L.D. Thawani.
S.Nagarajan, Engineers India Ltd., Hosted dinner.
By air to Bangkok by North West Orient Airlines.
||By Bullet train. 589 Kms. In 3hours 30
min. Ticket USD 50 per person.
Stay at Mr. Ashok & Sajju Shewa.Helped USD 200.
Mr. J.Ray, Dasturs.
1001 Buddha statues temple
|Iwata – Shi (Hamamatsu), Shizuoka Ken.
||Yamaha Motor bike factory. Mr. H. Tanaka,
K. Takashima. Yamaha jackets
Tea with GM (Mktg. Div II) – Mr. Hirosh O hara.
Mohd. Idris (Pakistani) – Chief Mechanic, AlBadi
Trading, Doha, Qatar, “ gifted” USD 100
Miss Miyuki Nakagaura
Miss Yamazaki – Green Heights Hotel.
||Miss Yoshiko Sakiyama and many others.
Met at Heina temple in Kyoto.
Miss Shoko Kanada, worked in Kyoto Youth Hostel.
|Okazaki (25 Kms. East of Nagoya)
||Mr. Koichi Yao – Vice Chief photographer,
Sankei Newspaper, Osaka.
||Bike Sent by Shipping Corporation of India
ship (complimentary) directly to Singapore due to difficulty
of getting Malaysian visa. Mr. S.Ikeda – SCI agent
Handed over bike at Yokohama port (near Tokyo) on 28th
Feb. 1985 to Malaysia.
||Anant Chand (Gor ji of Gorakhpur) –
arranged our stay.
Kob ji of Janata Enterprises R.O.P. & Ram Asre Upadhyay.
Mr. Boomyen friend of CS Rajbanshi. Had Thai dinner
Hindu Samaj Dev Mandir – Tiwari & Sugreev.
By air by Alitalia. Could not get visa for Malaysia
Met Indian High Commissioner Mr. Gopal Krishna Pillai.
|Angthong & Ayuthaya
||Met Mr. C.S.Rajbanshi, Mgr – Maint.
ex Aligarh Muslim Univ.
Thomas Koshy, Vice president & many others. Played
Holi with Thai Carbon Black & Thai Rayon Staff.
Arranged flight from Bangkok to Singapore by Alitalia.
||Dr. Nikhil & Mrs. Jhurma Das Gupta,
Daughter – Romi, Prof. Univ. of Singapore.
By bus to Malaysia.
Mr. S.G.Mathur & Mr. Munshi, Mgr – SCI.Inder
R. Vig, CEO, Escorts Ltd.
Gopal Krishan Pillai, High Commissioner of India &
||Malik Kadir, Mohd. Norzain Holdings, Arranged
our stay in YMCA – Ref. Mr. K. Sasaki of Tokyo
Abdul Aziz Kadir (Ref. G.Lobo of Maharashtra Electrosmelts.)
By Czekoslovakian airline. Sponsored by Escorts Ltd.
Rama & Mrs. Helma – crated our bike &
made us stay in their home. & their friend N.S.Ragu
Ranjit Sethi – Ambassador, Pandey 1st Secy &
son in law of V.C.Shukla.
Motorbike airlifted to Bombay on 3rd April 1985.
|Kuantan Port (aboard MV Mizoram - SCI)
Could not go to Indonesia as no ship to take us &
motorbike to Sumantara mainland.
||Welcome by parents. Collected bike on
6th April 1985.
||Guha’s gift watch for Father got
stolen from PWD Guesthouse
|Perumbudur (140 Kms. West of Madras)
||Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated here
||Welcome by Escorts at Hotel Chola Sheraton.
Meeting with Dunlop for advertisement. Addressed gathering.
Someone stole our gift presented by Escorts.
||Minor accident. Hit a Calf.
||Meeting friends at Ras Marra.
Reached on time at 4.30 pm. Police stationed at all
entry points into Bhilai to inform Management Welcome
by Mr. K.R.Sangameswaran, B.V.Kudva, MD & GM, Bhilai
||Last night before completing world tour
- stayed at Mohnani’s place.
||Reached on time at 4.30 pm.
Welcome by Mr. S. Samarpungavan, Chairman, SAIL at Ispat
Called on Mr. Vasant Sathe and Natwar Singh, Hon’ble
Ministers of Steel & Mines.
Called on Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India.