Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

sanDRina is finally free!

After 59 days in a crate from Cape Town to Chennai, sanDRina is home!

sanDRina, my 1998 Suzuki DR650, arrived safely at Chennai Port after a 5-week sea voyage from Cape Town, South …

Hi, this is Jay and I'll be traveling with sanDRina, my trusty Suzuki DR650, around India for about 40 days. The journey starts this Tuesday, April 29, and I'm busy with preparations. sanDRina was only released from the port yesterday and I'm thrilled that she survived her 5-week sea voyage from Cape Town without any damage. I put her back together (just the windshield and the pannier frame support) and we went on a nice, long test ride this morning with the Madras Bulls Bullet Club. Everything checked out OK and she's quite the looker, drawing attention at every traffic light. I've been riding a 125-cc bike that I borrowed from my uncle as I waited for sanDRina to show up and so glad I can get back to riding a full-size bike. The test ride was useful to get used to sanDRina's size and power in Indian traffic. I've already been asked if she's a military bike and does she run on diesel? ;)

I'll be posting more on my trip preparations tomorrow.

sanDRina slowly coming back to life.

 

NEXT:  Meet sanDRina while I pack and unpack

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.