a.k.a. Sharmishta Chakravorty
RE Standard 500
An engineer by profession and a rider by passion, Shona, as she's fondly known within the Musafirs' family, is quite possibly the life of every party! Her enthusiasm for riding is infectious, inspiring those around her to get on their bikes and zoom past everything. Having done the Ladakh and Spiti-Lahoul circuits, amongst numerous others, it is almost a 'Ain't no mountain high, Ain't no valley low, Ain't no river wide enough, baby' scenario for her and her bike! Yet, she believes her journey is just getting started... and she won't rest until most locations on her bucket-list have the "Shona was here" stamp! She’s always been an avid traveller, but it’s only in the past few years that she’s discovered her vehicle of choice! The joy of discovery, the sense of wonder... riding gives her what mundane everyday life doesn't. And when she’s riding, you can catch that hint of a contented smile from under the helmet. If and when you know her personally, you'll end up wondering how someone can remain calm in such dire circumstances as she has come across in her riding archives. Jugaads is her way of life and she won't disappoint you if she has given you her word that she'll take you for a grand swim in the Atacama desert. "For the love of riding, the love of life, go forth... explore, there is so much beauty waiting to be discovered, waiting to delight you...", she’s most likely to say. And quite rightly so, for freedom has different forms; hers has two wheels and a semi-loud firing!