While any one of us at Pure Explore who are hopelessly bitten by the travel bug would love to have our very own take on Ernesto (Che) Guevara’s classic Motorcycle Diaries, these three men went ahead and did just that.
In this first person account, Ketan Joshi’s new book ‘Three Men on Motorcycles’ brims with the enthusiasm and the excitement of reaching out into the unknown. Three men set out to ride across the wild, rugged and breathtaking landscape of Ladakh, filling us with the practical tips of how to navigate through the barren mountains where one could easily lose track to useful tips on mixing with local populace. The book, which highlights the camaraderie between fellow travelers and friends, will inspire its reader to undertake that one journey most people dream of but few find the courage to fulfill.
‘Three Men on motorcycles’ is a fun-filled ride over the highest mountains and roads in the world, in the company of three crazy riders. The ‘Three men’ are the author and his two friends – who go on the most iconic ride of India – the ride to Ladakh. Egged on by his adventure loving wife, they do not only Ladakh – but also the remote and inaccessible regions of Zanskar, Nubra, Pangong and Tso Moriri.
Most ride travelogues tend to be serious and introspective, where the author seems to be on a path of self discovery and soul searching. This book goes in the opposite direction, where the author goes out of his way to show that riding is a fun activity, and is done to make you feel good. The book is hilarious and pokes good-natured fun at various persons and incidents that they encounter.
While funny and engaging, it is also full of practical information and tips, which will help anyone wishing to undertake the same trip themselves.
The book is full of interesting characters – from the three amigos themselves, to ‘She Who Must Be Obeyed’ as he calls his wife, and the various people they meet on the road – and interesting incidents, adventures and misadventures of the road trip.
The language is very real and readable, and this is a trip that can be enjoyed by adventurer and arm-chair traveller alike.
If you’d like to discover more about Ketan’s journey, you can find the book on the Amazon Kindle. And if Ketan’s journey inspires you, then maybe it is time to get off those cushy sofas, shut down the laptop, pack up and quit the creature comforts for a while.
About Ketan Joshi
Ketan is a MBA gone rogue – he juggles corporate life with adventure life, and has traveled across the world in his search for kicks. He has backpacked to the Kumbh mela, bungee jumped over a river at the Nepal-Tibet border, skydived in New Zealand, scuba dived in the great barrier reef in Australia and gone shark-cage diving in South Africa.
He fell in love with motorcycling at quite an advanced age – learning to ride one only in his late 30’s – but he once he was hooked, he made up for lost time! He has ridden his Royal Enfield motorcycle all over the place – Ladakh, Zanskar and Nubra, Lahaul and Spiti region, and also Rajasthan, Konkan,Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and has also done a tour of Nepal.
Apart from motorcycling, he is into backpacking, hiking, photography and cycling. He has trekked to Mount Everest Base camp, and backpacked from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. His latest love is bicycling, and he is now exploring Mumbai and surrounding areas by bicycle.
Ketan writes on various topics – Travelogues, fiction and nonfiction. He has written 3 collections of short stories, one collection of detective stories, one detective novel and his first book was a textbook on Marketing.
His latest book is ‘Three Men on Motorcycles’ and is about his motorcycle trip to Ladakh – a high mountainous region in India.