Road Trip>>>To realize the true spirit of JAI HIND!

Road Trip from Dholero to Indo-Pak Border

I ( Bienu Verma Vaghela) with Husband Mukund Vaghela taking a break from the long drive.

The lure of road trip is insurmountable; many of us have aspired for one; many of us have taken one willingly or unwillingly; many of us are still dreaming about it; many of us had given up on road trip, like me, but that was not to be. Given the avid travelers that we are, we love adventures and whenever we have aspired for a peaceful trip, adventure rather misadventure has followed us.  Given the ‘Bollywood” buff that I am, I had seen road trips in movies and admittedly have been quite fascinated by them particularly the one in Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

Me and my daughter Tanya took a break to enjoy the breeze just before the border

Road trip sounds exciting but are actually taxing and painful at the same time for people like me who love to travel by train and plane! In my weirdest dream I had not imagined that Road trip would become a reality for me, though it was thrust upon us by circumstances. Howsoever exciting it may sound: Road Trip, it gets excruciatingly painful, if not planned well. ‘Planning’ plays paramount role in venturing out for a road trip. First and foremost, roads should be in great condition to drive on, amenities to be bankable, service centers, petrol pumps, eating joints, toilets etc. enroute so that we have a pleasant drive and we happily reach our destination.

We planned to embark on one such road – trip in December 2012, when we visited scenic and serene Rann of Kutch and were camping at ‘Bhungas’ (Mud Houses) in Dholero Village near Rann. It was then we were told that Pakistan Border was few 100 Kms away and it made a great sight. I, in particular became very keen to visit the border as I wanted to visit that place, which nobody had visited in my khandan or even in my friends circle. I want to boast: I have been to India – Pakistan Border. Whole night I did not sleep in excitement but to my great disappointment, driver took to illness and did not turn up.

My husband, me and my daughter decided to venture out on our own and took upon driving on us to the border. Resort owner was kind enough and noticing our disappointment, he offered his one of his staff to accompany us. Now we were to embark into a new territory, new area, new car and new destination. My husband took onus of driving on him and person accompanying him sat next to him for guidance. With lot of apprehensions in heart, we started on our road trip on chilly, breezy, wintry morning from Dholero Village to India – Pakistan Border.  But not before checking the condition of the car we would be driving to border and bring us back. I was particularly more worried as our daughter was with us. But she was quite gung-ho about it. We stocked enough food & beverages in the car which was quite spacious and commodious to accommodate four of us comfortably.  Then we went to nearby garage to get the report of condition of car, breaks, clutch, accelerator and last but not the least tyres. The Car’s condition was good and above all, tyres were in excellent condition which took good amount of worry off our shoulders.  For worry-free road – trip, you can bank on most bankable CEAT Tyres, like we did.

Packed with sufficient fuel, we embarked on the journey.

To our delight, roads were in excellent condition with proper signage’s all over which made the drive very pleasant and provided quite an experience.  Moreover, bright sunny but breezy / windy day made the driving slightly more challenging.  The remarkable part of the way to border was that it had deep marshlands on both sides. We saw many cars stranded in the marshland which looked like mirage. To describe it better, there are vast marshlands on both sides of the road when you approach border. After this adventurous but exciting drive which changed three hands, we reached Indo-Pak border which was heavily guarded by BSF Personnel who asked us to keep our cameras and mobiles in the car and then step out. The sight was so exciting, I saluted the Jawans guarding the borders and for the first time I realized under which conditions they guard our borders so that we civilians sleep peacefully. All in all our maiden trip turned out to be quite a satisfying experience. Special Thanks to my husband Mukund, our companion for the drive and taking us through Mukesh and my daughter Tanya for making my dream realize.  Though we did not anticipate any trouble spots during the journey, and did not find any but yes checking at various check posts provided breaks to the drive. But these were important for country’s safety.

Special Thanks to Blogadda and CEAT tyres to make me relive the experience. Indeed I had to stress my mind to recollect the road trip which I undertook in completely unknown terrain – The Rann of Kutch to Indo-Pak border in Gujarat – JAI HIND.

Road Safety Norms:


Everyday as soon as we open Newspaper, we get to read about atleast 2 road accidents particularly on Highways or long drive-ways people undertake. Most of these are owing to negligence about following the Road Safety trips. It is important not only for drivers but also for pedestrians so that no untoward accidents happen.

Everyone should learn the following road safety rules preferably from an early age:

  • Everyone going on the road (especially drivers) must be to the left and let other vehicles pass on the opposite direction to pass.
  • Drivers should be in slow speed while bending or turning on the roads.
  • Take extra precaution while going on the over-crowded roads and road junctions.
  • Bikers or people using two wheel vehicles must wear helmets of superior quality otherwise they should never go on the road without helmet.
  • Speeds of the vehicles should be within the speed limit and slow especially in the areas of school, hospital, colony, etc.
  • Every vehicle on the road should maintain the right distance among them to avoid collisions and accidents.
  • Everyone using road should be well aware of the road signs and must follow rules.
  • All the road safety rules and regulations must be in mind while traveling.

Following the above rules, you are not only ensuring your safety, but others too and following duties of a Good Citizen. And…and don’t forget to have Ceat Tyres in your dream machine!!

‘I’m chronicling my road trip adventure for CEAT Tyres in association with BlogAdda.’


Come Home to Colourful world of BergerXP! Indiblogger Meet!!

I believe, I was one of the last bloggers to receive the Invite for BergerXP Indibloggers meet at Mumbai as action point – Register Here showed 89% full and I was quite surprised at that, not only this attendees list was showing all regular bloggers whom I meet at Indiblogger meets. Probably I was included at the last moment. Anyways…as always I made some last minute changes to my Saturday program and set out for the event at Vivanta by Taj which was some 40 Kms from my place, all this & more for Indibloggers! As it was BergerXP event – the iconic Paint company, I decided to dress up colourfully to blend well with their world of colours.


Read on to know what happened at the Meet.

We were greeted by warm & welcoming Indiblogger team represented by Anoop, Nihal & Suzanna, who completed registration process in a jiffy after which we moved to the well lit backdrop by BergerXP where our pictures were clicked and sound bytes were taken, I felt nothing short of a celebrity there.

Forum was open for Lunch now! It was one of the very few events which served lunch prior to the event, pehle pet puja, phir kaam dooja! The Buffet spread of Vivanta by Taj looked quite interesting and tempting at the same time. It was very sumptuous meal comprising of green salad spread, cream almond soup, dal makhani, paneer bhurji, green Thai curry, biryani, chicken, fish with dessert comprising of my favourite Gajar Halwa and Pine Apple Pastries. I enjoyed my meal while talking to fellow bloggers: Sanjay Thampi, Vinita, Sujata Tawde, Riddhi, Anu Goyal…many!

Now it was time for the event to start and surprises to unfold. Sprightly Anoop lighted the stage with his exuberance and took bloggers for some warm up exercises, dance moves, swimming …concluding with musical chair. Our team member Riddhi Sharma won the game!


This was followed by Colourful & Interesting presentation by BergerXP, young Product Development Manager, Chandranath who took us through the colourful journey of the brand which makes our lives colourful. Started in 1758 by Louis Berger, it started as a small chemical process which moved on to become one of the largest & iconic brands of the world today. The brand features in Top 10 by Economic Times. Indeed a very innovation driven & consumer focussed brand. For the first time I came to know what insights are needed for colouring our worlds which we treat as very mundane exercise.  A very interactive Q & A session followed after that.


Now was the time for activity, the setting was like that of a workshop where we were given head gears and hand gloves to clean the surface with sand papers. Our team Cleaners – titled – Zabardast Safai finished the job at hand with great speed and took time for clicking some selfies too. In the meantime, winners of twitter contest were also announced. In one day,  this was the maximum I had tweeted in my Twitter tenure and just loved doing it. But was surprised to note how creative rather quirky one can get on Twitter!

The last round of the day comprised dirtying our hands – literally with paints, mixers, thinners, brushes provided by Berger team to colour the canvas with theme Mumbai Meri Jaan. In the mean time we had a small session where we were shown how to mix colours which set the ball rolling.

Now the atmosphere turned somewhere close to college fest where all team heads called on team members to brief them about the theme and how to proceed in the matter. All charged up, we were ready with the plan where we planned to draw iconic symbol of Mumbai – The Gateway of India – Interspersed with Theme: Cleaner, Faster, Better. In our painting we decided to roll all those elements Mumbai is known for like: Local Trains, Metros, Sea-Link, Bhel Puri, Navi Mumbai, Dabba Wallas…more! I took to painting after ages…missed my daughter Tanya who would have done a fine job at this activity, probably lead us to the victory but that was not to be and we lost. Never mind, we attempted and attempted well.  The texture of paints was like Silk, it worked so well even on the sheet of paper, and we loved it. Winning entry deserved it well!


So what comprises Berger Express Painting System?

  • The process is completely mechanized
  • Undertaken by trained personnel.
  • Much faster than Traditional Painting – What is being done in two
    days in traditional painting can be done by Berger XP in just two hours
  • Dust-free process due to the vacuum-suction enabled
    sanding machines
  • Granting excellent finish & texture to the surface
  • Painting done with professional Hand Painting Tools 

To sum it up: Berger Express Painting by Berger Paints is a revolutionary concept of painting homes with the help of automatic machines to give faster, cleaner & better results every time, as compared to traditional process of printing!

You can experience all this & more by just sending an SMS XP to 56767.

Now you can change the way, you paint your home with automatic machines as T 20 of paints is here!


Sipping Masala Chai all through, we reached the last leg of the event, with some more prizes, photo ops & group photo in the end. Though, I have never won any Indiblogger contest ever since my association, hope to win one with this Entry! ( Disclaimer: Hard feelings are injurious for health)

Hope you enjoyed reading the post & made up your mind for #BergerXP Express painting system

This post is written for Indiblogger for BergerXP meet in Mumbai on February 11, 2017.