Nothing is sweeter than accomplishing something which many deem impossible. Kaustubh and Shanjali know that feeling all too well. Kaustubh Khade, an Asian medalist kayaker, was inducted in the Limca Book of Records in 2015 for completing a solo 17-day kayak trip from Mumbai to Goa.
Wanting to test the limits of his ability, Kaustubh decided to do something far more audacious; to kayak from Kutch to Kanyakumari in 100 days. This time, however, he did not want to embark on this journey alone. The romantic in him urged Kaustubh that there would be no better person to partner with on this journey than the woman he loves, his fiancée Shanjali. Shanjali (or
Rahul Dravid once said that “no dream is ever chased alone” and for a feat of this magnitude, KK &
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A personal objective of these two daredevils was also to raise funds for the less privileged. KK who had a long-standing relationship with the children’s NGO Magic Bus was chosen as the cause that they would support. With the ecosystem now in place, the two were ready to embark on this arduous trip.
The 83-day expedition (17 days faster than the target) played a large role in their current outlook of life. "The people we met were amazing. They provided us a place to stay at times, fed us. The best part was that residents all through helped us with permissions," said Kaustubh on his return from the expedition. Shanjali, too, was impressed with the support from the people. "It was important to maintain the hygiene, eat the right food and stay healthy through it all," said Shanjali reflecting on the time they spent on the expedition. Together the couple underwent immense physical exertion but they focused on the right recovery processes to start a fresh day. The support was not only restricted to locals but all official authorities in each state were incredibly helpful. “The local police, governments and municipal authorities were absolutely fantastic. This journey could not have been completed if it wasn’t for their continuous unwavering support,” said Kaustubh.
India’s biodiversity was evident to the two as it meant that they would have to continuously adapt their strategies. "The landscapes varied from state to state. We had to meet the challenges of that when we traversed through the journey. But we were lucky that we got through the whole journey," reflected Kaustubh. The other big challenge for the couple through the course of the journey to maintain a functional relationship. Communicating with each other was the key, which was always a challenge. But together the duo managed to battle both the physical and mental exhaustion.
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When asked what they plan on doing next Kaustubh said "The next step obviously is the other end of the coast. We are in the process of planning an expedition along the east coast. We will be charting out our path for that in the coming months," We would not have expected anything less from these two mavericks.
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