Road trips are always fun especially when you are on two wheelers. Such trips help you explore and experience things that you have never in your life. Earlier last year, we had heard of an incident where a son took his 70 year old mother on a road trip that too on an old Bajaj Chetak scooter. Why this news became so popular is because, 39-year old D Krishna Kumar decided to quit his job and take his mother on a pilgrimage on his old Bajaj Chetak Scooter. Because of this selfless act, he even got a nickname and is known as modern day ‘Shravan Kumar’.
Shravan Kumar was known for his filial piety towards his parents in ancient Hindu text Ramayana. Shravan Kumar used to carry his blind parents in baskets that was tied on either ends of a stick that was slung to his shoulder. After this incident became viral on the internet, Mr. Anand Mahindra, noticed it and promised to gift Mr. D Krishna Kumar a brand new Mahindra KUV100 as a recognition of the act. The car was handed over to Krishna Kumar on September 18, 2020. The keys for the car was handed over to him in presence of his mother at Mahindra dealership in Mysuru.
Krishna Kumar and his mother has covered around 57,000 kms on an old Bajaj Chetak scooter. The son had quit his job once he realised that he had made enough money to lead a modest life. He then wanted to spent more time with his mother and that is why he took her to all the holy places as a pilgrim. In order to make this possible, he had slightly modified the rear seat of the Chetak scooter so that, his mother doesn’t feel tired on such long journeys.
Throughout the journey, the rugged and reliable Bajaj Chetak scooter did not break down once and the only issue he had faced was just a puncture after covering 16,000 kms. The duo did not go for hotels during the road trip. As this was a pilgrimage, they preferred staying in mutts. The scooter was modified to serve the purpose and was equipped with essentials like fruits, cucumber, beaten rice, knife, rain coats, mattress and so on.