Meet this traveller- Mr Ram Bahadur, a cobbler by profession from Pokhara. Not long ago he used to sit by the side of Bindabasini Temple and mend worn out footwear of tourists. The turning point came in his life when somebody suggested him a way to get his name enlisted in Guinness book of world records and he embraced the idea which even travellers with a heavy wallet won’t dare to execute. He decided to travel whole world with coins of different (actually innumerable) countries glued to his outfit and that’s how he came to be called by the name ‘Shikka Baba’ (Coin Saint) by local people! The decision may seem too motivating for dedicated travellers, may sound insane to ‘practical minds’ and taste ‘some food for thought’ to careless bloggers cum travellers like me but he gives a shit to those with his determined and fearless eyes. Out of 75 districts of Nepal, till now he has covered only 24 but he is sincere to his goal even with the meagre resources he has as evident from his humble backpack and beddings. After he finishes travelling the entire Nepal his plan is to travel India. Only time will tell whether this ‘Shikka Baba’ succeeds to enter his name is Guinness book of world records but I, on behalf of all avid travellers salute his vision and wish him all the best to carry successfully his country flag all around the globe… after all, unlike many of us he has successfully made his choice!
Sunday, February 24, 2013
One who cobbles can also Travel
Posted by Anunoy Samanta at 12:32:00 AM
Labels: Cobbler, coin, Guinness book, Guinness book of world records, Nepal, Nepal travel, Nepali man, Pokhara, Shikka baba, Traveller, world record, World tour, World trip
He has been blogging since 2007, and the pen often runs out of ink, but thankfully the mystic spirit of traveling-clicking-storytelling always reconquers Anunoy before it gets too late! In his early childhood, Anunoy’s craving for backpacking was sowed by his father. He has been a rolling stone ever since, forming passionate bonds with motorcycle touring and photography to add more layers to his wander lust. Between see-sawing a small family and a thankless job, Anunoy Samanta manages to run his own photography cum travel blog- Clicking Photos on the Go. You may catch up with Anunoy through Facebook or Twitter.