Five travel enthusiasts, sharing a mutual love for roads and adventure decided to celebrate their nations’ freedom in their own way. This ride was born from an idea to redefine the scope of ‘freedom’ and to experience different cultures, languages, customs and traditions with the intent of crossing boundaries, both physically and figuratively. The Great Independence Day Ride was flagged off on Independence day, from the Indian Embassy by the Indian High Commissioner in Singapore during pre-COVID times and ended in India, journeying through Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
The 5 Travellers-Nikhil Kashyap, an independent producer and a marketing consultant; Bhanu Pratap Singh; an Entrepreneur and Aesthetic Consultant; Harkirat Singh, a commercial pilot; Divya Raghav, a psychologist and Enaaya, their 5-year-old super trooper. They hail from different backgrounds and despite knowing each other and travelling together for more than a decade, this experience was first of its kind for them. In Nikhil Kashyap’s words, “The Great Independence Day Ride was an attempt to redefine perceptions across borders, to celebrate independence, savour food, and rejoice music. Road trips let you stop in every small town, learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit of the place.”
While on the road, they met various biker groups and many travellers who showed them unexplored parts of their respective countries. Reminiscing the ride, Bhanu Pratap Singh, added, “The most memorable part of the trip was experiencing the feeling of fraternity and brotherhood within the biker communities that we met along the way. Their hospitality and warmth towards us, went beyond our common love for motorcycles.” The pinnacle of this trip was Myanmar which for the longest time had been closed for tourism. La based (and native Indian) Anshuvijay Rode, Film maker said, “It was a pleasant surprise that while editing these videos, I felt part of the camaraderie of the group and as an added plus, I got to see untouched and uncovered parts of Myanmar.”