Grando, a 29-year-old biochemist. In January 1952 on the back of a sputtering single cylinder 1939 Norton 500cc they desired to explore the South America they only knew from books. During the formative odyssey Guevara is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a once-great
Incan civilization. At the end of the journey a period of 9 months on a motorcycle, steamship, raft, horse, bus, and hitchhiking, covering more than 8,000 kilometres (5,000 mi). The diary ends with a declaration by Guevara, born into an upper-middle-class family, displaying his willingness to fight and die for the cause of the poor, and his dream of seeing a united Latin America. The journey of a man who finds his true calling in life when he sets out to meet the people of his country… which takes him in direct contact on the road with people to find what influence them, their worries and their views. I feel we should get out of our shells and an environment that is protective. It’s a coming of age book that describes change in personal views and that which are political. I find the interactions and the troubles that they face through the journey very fascinating. A moment to spend with yourself and find out what your country breathes and lives. I was inspired enough to take a road trip across my country and boy was it a joy.
personality I would love
I would want to meet Bhagat Singh. In my eyes he is an inspiration and a true patriot. An inspiration for many to be the man who looks at his country before himself.
Kabir Sadanand is an actor
and a director. He has directed the recently released movie ‘Fugly’.
As told to
Manasi Y Mastakar