Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Jammin thru India Day 15 - Juhu, Mumbai

Before hitting the road again, Jay enjoys the high life in Mumbai

Mumbai is a city of contrasts; old American jeeps and brand new high-rises.

My second day off in Mumbai and I used it to take care of things for the road ahead. I gave my riding suit a wash as it was becoming quite greasy and nasty to the touch. I think the last time it was washed was in Windhoek, Namibia. I gave the helmet and gloves a wash, too. It's nice to wear fresh gear.

I went back to Anthony to take care of a few more things on sanDRina. I modified my clutch lever as it was too short for the new heavy-duty springs in the clutch and Anthony welded an extension to the lever, making it easier to use the clutch.

Enjoying some pork chops and broccoli at Indigo Delicatessen.

Arunoday took me on my errands and I stocked up on ORS (oral rehydration salt) packets for the super heat coming up as I head inland from here. We then grabbed some good food at the Indigo Delicatessen and I gorged on some juicy pork chops and broccoli; food that I haven't eaten in a long time. In the evening, Arunonday took me out for a night on the town and we met up with old friends at Olive, a hip club in Bandra.

Good to get a taste of the Indian high life and now back to the road...

Jay's itching to be back on the road. Watch the helmet-cam video of his ride through Maharashtra's ghat roads. 


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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.