Journey to Inspire Thane – Vapi -Navsari /Day 6

We hoped to leave #thaneearly, but the long days and late nights kept me from waking up as early as I should have. Sanket and his friend invited us for breakfast and we had sabudana kichidi. They also bought us butter milk for the ride onward! Archana and I were all set to leave, when I noticed my tire was a little flat! Again, there was a puncture repair shop close by, and the fixing took us a good hour, since the neck had to be changed. It must have been 10:30 by the time we repacked our luggage on the bike and left Thane to #Vapi, Gujarat. We by-passed Daman and Diu, and reached by around 4:30. We briefly met Elcid Bhai and Mr. Gelani, both of whom belong to biking groups. Mr. Gelani is hard of hearing, and he was happy to meet with Archana. After a quick meal, we left Vapi for #Navsari#Gujarat at about 5:30 The #ride was through some lovely evening light and some coolish wind. Raghu, Dheeraj and Bupesh from the biking community met with us and suggested a good place to stay in Navsari, which was easily accessible to the highway. Bupesh joined us for dinner and we shared with each our riding experiences. He also recommended a school we should visit the next day, as part of our mission. We exchanged #ridingclubbadges and called it a night. Now since there was a table in my room, I made good use of it and continued to write my assignment for an education course I was doing! Which had to be completed while I was on this ride! Drat…
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AN EXPEDITION WITH A HEART That thing we most value in our lives, we helplessly shove them aside for other priorities. Our hobbies, interests, passions, the little things...all seem invisible like speck of dust. We have forgotten to live life, leave alone appreciating it. But ask the ones who do: The sheer satisfaction they achieve by doing what they love, by overcoming the resistance of mundane life surrounded by mediocre thinkers, and the drive within themselves that propels them forward in the path of progress is what makes them a breed apart. Meet the adventurous, affectionate yet ambitious Archana. A woman of many hats – sculptor, wall artist, bespoke carpenter, interior decorator and an enthusiastic biker. With a Master of Visual Arts from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Archana teaches art to a keen bunch of students at Mallya Aditi international school in Bengaluru, besides juggling her creative career and her selfless desire to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The main purpose of this trip was to spread awareness about different forms of communication, non-verbal in particular. This led to Archana co-founding a company called Silent Expedition, laying emphasis on inspiring and building confidence to those with hearing disabilities to take up motorcycling or any other means to explore the world outside.But now, she rides for a reason: Bring a paradigm shift in the Indian education system for the hearing impaired. “My main aim is to drive home the point that deaf and hard-of-hearing children need to study exactly the way hearing children do – but in sign language”, asserts Archana. According to her, sign language is their best way to think and express themselves, which will enable them to learn and grow in equal competitiveness with the rest of the world.

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