Esha Gupta is a firebrand. She is confident, unapologetic, bold and on a very important mission – looking at India beyond what is written about it.
“I have been travelling solo since 2011 and I have never faced any untoward experiences. Being a traveller means opening yourself up to experiences. If you expect a 100 per cent positive experience when you are on the road then you do not understand travel. You must learn to take what comes in your path with an open mind,” she says.
“A lot of people tell me that I have been lucky but that is not true. The warmth and response I have received from the people I met is incredible,” she shares.
A graduate in Hotel Management, Esha Gupta has worked in the hotel industry for years before she quit to take up dance. After some time, Esha joined a corporate firm and excelled. She then left her corporate career to travel, solo. Much later, she learnt to ride and took up travelling on a bike full-time.
“That’s a man world – inside the office. That is tiring.”
“I was all set with my preparations to attempt the longest ride within the country ever attempted by a woman when the news came of a woman in USA who had ridden across the country five times and completed 78,000 kms,” she says. “Since I had the preparations in place, I thought I would attempt one in India as well and although I would miss the Guinness record, I would still fulfill a childhood dream.”
“On the road, I was riding for 12 hours a day and apart from being alert on the road, I had enough time to let my mind wander. I thought a lot about a lot of things. On the road, a singe negative thought can trigger a deep and difficult depression. Steering clear of the negativity in life is the best part.”
“My fundaa in life, even before this trip, is if something bad happens to you, learn the lesson from it and move ahead.”
“There are many women who still fear traveling alone and to them I want to say, get out! Locking yourself in four walls will not help solve any of your problems. There is a big world out there where you can understand yourself well and work your way out of problems,” she says. “Get out of the four walls and see the world for yourself instead of reading about it. No newspaper can tell you the complete story of India. It is not possible to give the complete picture in 18 pages.”
“I believe in destiny and it feels like everything I have learnt has led me to this bike trip. What happens next, I don’t know. I don’t care about five year plans because I don’t know what will come along in five months. I believe in being practical – have a health and life insurance but that is where the planning ends.”