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Zambia, Part 1: Visiting My Childhood Home in Chipata
December 21 - 23, 2012

In all of Africa, one country holds special significance to me and that is, Zambia. In 1983, at the age of 2, my family moved to the small town of Chipata in Eastern Zambia and we lived there for 9 years. My father, an agricultural scientist with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, was stationed at a research center near town. My family says those were the best years as life was good in Zambia. Vacations were spent on the shores of Lake Malawi and going for game drives in South Luangwa National Park. I saw lions and elephants out on the savanna before I saw them in a zoo. I got my first taste for road trips in rickety Land Cruisers and was crossing borders before I could even write. My time in Zambia is a fundamental part of who I am today and I knew I had to visit this ‘home country’ on my motorcycle journey.

It wasn't easy to come back because the visa process is extremely difficult for Indians, which was surprising considering the long relation Indians have with Zambia. In the 1970s and 80s, there were many Indian families all around Zambia and even the provincial town of Chipata had over 50 Indian expat families, which made for fun parties. What was great was that there were many kids around the same age as my sister and I and our friends from Chipata are still all in touch, thanks to facebook.  

Besides the personal connection to Zambia, I wanted to revisit Victoria Falls and then connect overland to Namibia. And in Lusaka, I was looking forward to meeting the girl child that I was sponsoring for the past few years through Children International.
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Getting ready for 'Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' at the second annual Motorcycle Travellers Meet - India next weekend near Bangalore.

sanDRina's rear tire has been suffering a slow leak for the past few months and I finally swapped out the inner tube, getting back in the groove of using my tire tools. I'm using a bead breaker here on my Heidenau K60 Scout tire to get access to the tube inside. The old tube was a heavy duty one from Heidenau and I've been using that since Hamburg (March 2011) all through Africa and up till now. Not a single puncture through those 46,360 km (28,812 miles)! In went another Heidenau HD tube.

I'll also be doing a Ride Skills workshop at MTM 2014, so if you've never stood on the pegs and want to gain confidence riding through sand, along with attending all the other awesome sessions planned, hit the link and register:

http://motorcycle.travellersmeet.in
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Here's a piece I wrote on Indian motorcycle touring outfits, including my own ;) over at Little Black Book, Delhi, a curated guide to the city and beyond.

http://littleblackbookdelhi.com/31227/biking-tours-travelling-delhiwaala

An excerpt: "When you hit the road, the destination becomes just an excuse to ride. It is the stories that happen along the way that make riders undertake this almost spiritual experience. Leave civilization behind, with just a few essentials strapped on your motorcycle. Ride across Ladakh. Cruise the Konkan Coast. Explore forests in South East Asia. Feel the space in the African Savanna. If these words speak to you, but you don’t know how to even begin to plan an escapade like this, here are your go-to people."

Featuring Vintage Rides, Helmet Stories, indiMotard adventures, IndusRider and Jammin Global.
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In 3 weeks, the second annual Motorcycle Travellers Meet - India will be taking place outside Bangalore. This is the place to be if you live and breathe motorcycle traveling in India and want to share your story, pick up tips from seasoned overlanders and get inspired from those on the road right now.

sanDRina will be coming down to #MTMindia 2014 and I'll be leading a workshop titled "Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" ;) There'll be another DR650 overlander at the meet as Johan Senekal has timed his ride through India just perfectly.

The event is limited to 100 participants, so apply now at:
http://motorcycle.travellersmeet.in/registration/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1417775535145386/

A recap of MTM 2013: http://youtu.be/YAP65i7cnUY
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Storms in Africa.

This was shot on the border of Namibia and Angola on the Okavango River. I took a boat ride from my campsite in Rundu and we had to high-tail it back as this fast moving rain system moved in. I kept clicking the gorgeous sculpting of the storm clouds by the winds until the rain forced the SLR away.

If you've seen the Planet Earth show, you'll know that this river doesn't end in the sea but instead flows inland to Botswana where it spreads out as the Okavango Delta. I was here during the intense southern summer rainy season and the locals said the river was rising daily as it rushed to quench a part of the Kalahari Desert.
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Zambia, Part 1: Visiting My Childhood Home in Chipata
21 - 23 December 2012 In all of Africa, one country holds special significance to me and that is, Zambia. In 1983, at the age of 2, my family moved to the small town of Chipata in Eastern Zambia and we lived there for 9 years. My father, an agricultural sci...
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Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance at MTM 2014
2 April 2014 Getting ready for 'Jay and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' at the second annual Motorcycle Travellers Meet - India next weekend near Bangalore. sanDRina's rear tire has been suffering a slow leak for the past few months and I finally swapped...
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Published: Piece in Little Black Book Delhi on Motorcycle Touring Outfits
24 March 2014 Here's a piece I wrote on Indian motorcycle touring outfits, including my own ;) over at Little Black Book, Delhi, a curated guide to the city and beyond. http://littleblackbookdelhi.com/31227/biking-tours-travelling-delhiwaala An excerpt: "W...
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Talks: Jammin Global to present at Motorcycle Travellers Meet 2014
21 March 2014 In 3 weeks, the second annual Motorcycle Travellers Meet - India will be taking place outside Bangalore. This is the place to be if you live and breathe motorcycle traveling in India and want to share your story, pick up tips from seasoned ove...
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Snapshot: Storms in Africa on the Okavango River in Namibia
14 March 2014 Storms in Africa. This was shot on the border of Namibia and Angola on the Okavango River. I took a boat ride from my campsite in Rundu and we had to high-tail it back as this fast moving rain system moved in. I kept clicking the gorgeous scul...
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Raised in the savannahs of Zambia and the highlands of India, my formative years set the course for my being to be realized. I pursued my initial interest in mechanical engineering in the US and did cellphone product development. While enjoying the technical challenge, the gnawing inside me of seeking a greater understanding of life lead me to quit my job, sell my house and most worldly possessions and set off a multi-year motorcycle journey through Latin America and Africa in March, 2010. I'm also studying for a masters in Sustainable Development while I'm traveling and hope to get a hands-on experience of the current humanitarian needs and switch into this field at the end of this journey, focusing on water resource issues.

I'm loving life as it's thrown to me and like to live in the present with an eye on the future. I have a curious mind and like to learn especially about Astronomy and the Cosmos, Geology and the story of the Earth, Anthropology and the Origins of Humans and Philosophies of all kinds. Besides the above interests, I'm overall interested in achieving true Happiness through meeting good people; cooking and eating fresh, healthy food; sharing and listening to music (ranging from bossa nova to electronic trance); being in the outdoors with Nature; appreciating technology and design and embracing the mechanical beauty that lives with us.

I believe everyone is responsible for their lives and their actions and we do have the will to make changes for the better. I truly believe if more people in the world knew more about our true origins we would see that we are all one big family and have a shared destiny on this planet and in the cosmos. If we could shift our focus from the short-term to the long-term, many problems could be averted and general happiness would rise. I've met people from all walks of life through my motorcycle travels and given the chance people in general are good, especially if shown respect and dignity, but living in our cut-throat world changes people's priorities to thinking about self-gain, which we all must do to survive. I think the next few decades are critical in the long-term evolution of life on this planet and I'm happy to be alive at this significant point in history. What Gandhi said resonates strongly: you have to be the change you want to see in the world.
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Motorcycled through 33 countries from the US to India via Latin America, Europe and Africa covering 103,200 kms and cooking 56 chicken curries along the way ;) http://JamminGlobal.com
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New Delhi
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Nairobi - Chicago - Chipata - Kodaikanal