They say "never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit..." and Vijayan and Mohana, an aged couple from Kerala, both in their 70s, have proved it right. Yes! You may have come across many a travel thirsty in your life, but the story of this elderly couple we bet is the most unique one among those. While several people sacrifice their dreams of travelling worrying about expenses, this passionate couple made it possible by running a humble tea shop in the city.
Many on social networking sites were immensely inspired by the story of this dear couple after Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, highlighted their story while sharing a small footage of the duo shot by travel blogger Drew Binsky. "They may not figure in the Forbes Rich list but in my view, they are among the richest people in our country. Their wealth is their attitude to life," he captioned the footage.
They may not figure in the Forbes Rich list but in my view, they are amongst the richest people in our country.Their wealth is their attitude to life. The next time I’m in their town I am definitely dropping by for tea & a tour of their exhibits.. pic.twitter.com/PPePvwtRQs— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 9, 2019
The couple, who have always dreamt of seeing the world hand-in-hand, already explored over 20 foreign countries such as Singapore, Switzerland, New York, Brazil and Argentina in a span of 45 years of their marriage. In order to quench their thirst for travel, the couple has also taken loans from their friends and family.
After receiving such stupendous response from Twitterati across the globe, Mahindra further requested people to sponsor the next vacation for the duo on the occasion of their upcoming marriage anniversary.
"Well, what about us finding out the date of their wedding anniversary and crowdsourcing the funding for their next trip as an anniversary gift??", Mahindra wrote in response to a tweet by one Mahesh Joshi.
The suggestion has been accepted widely and many people have already started funding in order to arrange a special and unforgettable vacation for the globe-trotting couple from Kochi.
Here is how Twitterati react:
Awesome story to start today— Mahesh Joshi (@dhantantan) January 9, 2019
My only problem, well not a problem per se, is they take loans to travel. I would suggest them use the time to repay loans to save instead and travel loan free. Wish them a happy life and adventures ahead. They have taught me something today.
Such a heart warming video that makes us realise what happiness n purposeful living is all about Yes @anandmahindra how delightful to gift them a ticket for their next holiday on their wedding anniversary. https://t.co/kBBpkucSUR— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) January 10, 2019
How beautiful! Following their dream of travel and incorporating tea into it! Sounds like a winning formula - tea and travel - it’s 4 me! https://t.co/BduqYelLrV— Davinder Kaur (@angel4many) January 12, 2019
Good one @anandmahindra!
Look at this endearing story! It reinstates my beliefs in the power of purpose and raw instincts to chase your dreams. https://t.co/GGw0VtYqFo— Gautam Adani (@gautam_adani) January 10, 2019
Are you also touched by this awe-inspiring story of Vijayan and Mohana? Go ahead to fund their next travel plan across the globe and become a part of their wondrous journey.