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Friday, July 29, 2011

For A Guinness World Record, “Have Bike, Will Travel” - Indo American News


For A Guinness World Record, “Have Bike, Will Travel”

During his visit to Houston, Avijit Chakraborty, who hopes to get into the Guinness World Book of Records for around-the-world cycling, met with members of the local Indian community and received accommodations and financial support from them. Rajinder Pal Singh, who is a talented tabla player hailing from Patiala and New Delhi met Avijit at the Sikh Center of Houston and members of the Durga Bari showed him around at their temple complex. From left: Santosh Mukerji, Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Champak Sadhu, Avijit Chakraborty, Partha Ghosal, Partha Sarathi Chatterjee, Gopendu Chakraborty.

By Jawahar Malhotra
HOUSTON: Travelling alone along the long backroads can have its share of adventures, especially if you’re doing it on a bicycle and also happen to be in a foreign country and don’t know the language or customs.
“I was in Yugoslavia, about 10 kilometers before the Hungarian border, minding my own business in a bar,” recalled Avijit Chakraborty of that cold, winter day as he rested in the hot, muggy Bayou City between destinations this past weekend, “and this lady came upto me, very friendly and talkative. She wanted to know all about me.” Chakraborty told her he was an Indian from Calcutta on an around-the-world bicycle tour.

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