‘We had breakfast in Vietnam, lunch in Cambodia and dinner in Laos’
Tushar Agarwal, who holds many motoring and travel records, has just returned to India as part of the Indian team that participated in the second India ASEAN Car Rally 2012 – a 9-nation car rally, which began on November 26 in Indonesia after being flagged off at Singapore. Agarwal and the Indian team, which also included among others Tarun Vijay, BJP Rajya Sabha MP, and New Delhi-based oldest participant the 73-year old Subhas Chandra, drove through Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, and India, before reaching Guwahati on December 17.
THE INDIAN team and members from other countries were welcomed by officials of the Assam state government and Commerce ministers and ambassadors of ASEAN countries. The ASEAN—India Car Rally 2012 was jointly organised by Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs and the Confederation of Indian Industry. Agarwal was among 124 participants from 11 countries traveling in 31 vehicles, and he made it as part of the Indian team after spending years following his dream to travel as extensively as possible.
The 32-year-old Agarwal has driven in more than 20 countries and holds three Limca Book of Records. He is a Fellow at the Royal Geographic Society, London; has diplomas from IBM and Aptech; is fluent in Japanese, and has been an IT professional for more than 10 years. In this freewheeling interview, Delhi-based Agarwal talks about his experiences on the road, the ASEAN car rally, and his passion for travel.