Five daredevil persons of the city left for an expedition to the Antarctica on Saturday. Flooded with unbeatable zeal, the team which includes four industrialists and a home-maker are 50 plus. A member is one year short of 70! They have proved the idiom ‘if there is will, there is a way’ right. The members Manohar Baheti, 69, Ram Airen, 67, Purushottam Purohit, 55, Vijay Goyal, 50+and Neena Goyal, 50 +left for the challenging and ambitious 16-day expedition from here on Saturday.
Talking to this correspondent, Baheti, chairman of DT Industries located in Polo Ground said, “with the blessings of the Almighty, I am going for a once in a life-time expedition to Antarctica. It is going to be exciting, courageous and a torturous experience. We hope to have a wonderful time watching glaciers, icebergs, penguins, whales and the scenic beauty.
He said we are a group of five persons from the city. From Mumbai (on Saturday night), we will fly to Buenos Aires (Argentina) and onward to Ushuaia which is the bottom most tip of Argentina. The expedition cruise sails from Ushuaia and we will be in an ice-breaker cruise for 11 days. We will be back on December 10 evening to the city. We won’t be covered by net connection during the expedition.
The beauty of the group is that all male members are industrialists. Baheti runs the unit and is also chairman of Vaishanav Education Trust and alumni of BITS Pillani. Ram Airen is head of Airen Group, which has 3 units, Purushottam Purohit is director (finance) in DT Industries and Vijay Goyal is head of Sigma Group. The only female member, Neena Goyal, is the wife of Vijay Goyal and she is a home maker.
When the team reached Indore airport on Saturday morning, Officers of Airport Authority of India (AAI), including Airport Director Aryama Sanyal, Station Manger, and station managers of Indigo and Jet Airways welcomed and flagged off the team. Airport Director Sanyal wished the team all the best.
“The first rule of an expedition is that everyone should stick together.”
Tahir Shah, In Search of King Solomon’s Mines