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3-wheeler trip for a cause

Siliguri, Jan. 11: A group of people, including a great nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, is touring India on autorickshaws to spread the message of philanthropy.

Rahul Bose, along with his friend Jacob Chacko, reached north Bengal en route to Shillong on Friday.

The trip, organised three times a year by the League of Adventurists, a group that conducts tours worldwide, usually starts from Puduchery. This time, more than 150 people set out in 60 autorickshaws in Puduchery on New year’s Day and they were expected to reach Shillong in two weeks.

“This is an adventure with a cause. We are not only exploring the country and its diverse culture but raising funds for many charitable deeds also,” said Bose, a PhD student in physics at the Imperial College in London.

Bose and Chacko took a detour to visit Darjeeling mainly with the intention of tracing the former’s family roots as Netaji had spent some time of his life in Kurseong. “My father had spent his childhood days there and I was quite fascinated by the place,” said Bose. The duo left for Shillong today.

The funds raised by them will go to the charitable foundation of Mercy Corps which functions in India through the Chai Project, an NGO in Darjeeling.

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