Cycling for a cause

Students from Pune who are on a bicycle expedition to Kanyakumari in Salem on Friday.— PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Twenty-five women on way to Kanyakumari from Pune on bicycles to spread Swami Vivekananda’s message reached here on Friday.

Of them 22 are students at Shrimati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University, Pune. They started pedalling from Pune on December 21 and have covered more than 1,100km.

Vasanti Jayant Joshi (52), a lecturer of the university, who leads the expedition said that the aim of the expedition was to spread Swami Vivekananda’s message of empowering youth and women, and protecting the environment from pollution.

“We will cover more than 1,600km when we reach Kanyakumari on January 11,” she said.

“On Friday, we started from Krishnagiri and reached Salem at around 1.30pm. We will start from Salem and proceed to Karur on Saturday. We start pedalling at 6.30am and cover a distance of about 100km a day,” she added.

Ms. Vasanti said that the girls were given training for three months to prepare them physically and mentally. Three vehicles accompany them — one in the front to guide them, the next carries spare cycles and parts, and the third, a pantry car.

“The rally has taught us discipline, team building and has improved our level of confidence. It will change our personality,” said Gayathri Phadnis, and Monica Jadav, students.

“This is a different experience for us as we get a chance to interact with people from different backgrounds,” said Sadhana Padaal, and Komal Mali, students.

The students said Ms. Vasanti, the first woman to peddle successfully to the top of Khardung La (18,350 feet above the sea level and the highest motorable road in the world), was their source of inspiration.

They will take part in the 151st birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda organised by the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari on January 12. They will return to Pune by train the next day.

In Salem they were received by members of the Junior Chamber International, Salem Metrocity.


These students started their journey from Pune and will reach Kanyakumari on January 11


Now, ‘Dine on Board’ services

The APSRTC on Saturday launched ‘Dine on Board’ service on Garuda, Garuda Plus and Vennela buses.

Passengers can feat on delicacies such as biryani, roti-curry, sandwiches, and the like for dinner. The food items would be delivered to buses at the Mahatma Gandhi Bus station, 15 minutes before departure. Besides dinner, passengers can also order food from popular outlets like Karachi Bakery and Pulla Reddy Sweets. The service was launched in association with a private agency on a 6-month trial basis in 15 buses connecting the city to Bangalore, Pune, Shirdi, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Tirupati. Terms of the agreement stipulate that the private agency not charge more than 20 per cent of the MRP or cost of food items as notified by respective outlets.

To avail the facility, passengers should call 868-893-1666 and place their orders at least three to four hours before the journey. For details, log onto


Film-making workshop from tomorrow

Yavanika Films will start its new batch of workshops on film-making every weekend from December 7 for adults (17 years of age and above) and for children (10 years and above) in Hyderabad.

Participants will be exposed to the art of developing ideas into a script, concepts and grammar of film-making (direction) and editing (theory and practicals).

Each participant will make their his or her own short film as part of the workshop.

International cinema

Exposure to different styles of international cinema is also part of the workshop that will start at 2 p.m. and is conducted by Alind Jaitly, a professional film-maker who graduated from the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune.

Those interested can contact him over Ph. No. 9490100404. More information can be had on the website