The Railway Man Who Sold His Maruti


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Suresh Joseph’s solo drive to Khardung La

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Ibn Battuta, the Moroccan, spent 29 years of his life travelling, and compiled a book called Rihla, still considered a valued document. Hsien Tsang took 17 years to reach India through the Khyber Pass, and recorded the journey that later helped experts discover ancient routes. Charles Darwin, apart from his On the Origin of Species, also penned The Voyage of the Beagle about his voyage on board HMS Beagle. The records later became pointers to a past when travel and trade was opening and civilisations were meeting.

Though not in the same legendary realm, Suresh Joseph, a 60-year-old who has travels spanning decades to his credit, has several thrilling stories to tell. They are about his journeys through diverse stretches across the globe, culture, humanity, and landscape, reflecting the grit of the human spirit. And in the era of the Internet, he uses a blog to narrate these stories. The blog goes by an unusual name — The Railway Man Who Sold His Maruti. “The title is because I worked for the Railways. I also owned a Maruti car that I sold. That car, my first, was dear to me, and hence the name of the blog,” he says.

But unlike Julian Mantel of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, who leaves a high-profile job and sombre life to reinvent himself, Joseph always found time to backpack and travel or ride through reclusive corners of the world, even while raising a family, keeping a demanding job with the Railways for 24 years, and then playing a pivotal role in setting up an international container trans-shipment terminal at Vallarpadam. He is now director with an infrastructure development company, where he has the flexibility to work for 10 months and travel for the rest.

His tours have fetched him one world and 13 national driving records, all acknowledged by the Limca Book of Records. Joseph is still raring to hit the road whenever possible, and urges people to globe trot, as much as possible, alone. Travelling that way, he says, is a time to soul search and discover oneself.


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