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Welcome to the official homepage of  team Chutney Chungas racing in The Adventurist’s 2013 Spring Rickshaw Run – a 4000kms journey across India – from the South-West coast – Cochin, Kerala to the Far North-East – Shillong, Meghalaya. in a 7 horsepower, motor rickshaw, all for a noble cause of enabling girls education in India and providing funding for water projects in communities around the world! We are fundraising for two worthy, proven charitable organizations- CareIndia and FrankWater projects. Our goal is to fund one water project costing approx. $2000 and educate 30 girls in India costing approx. $2000.

Our team name Chutney Chungas comes from two of our favourite things about India. India reminds us of “Chutney“, an Indian dish, made out of spices, condiments, vegetables and fruits while “Chunga” is  a common word from our favourite Indian language, Punjabi, meaning “Good”!

We are the “Good Chutney” team that represents our varied backgrounds, experiences and above all, a Great Indian Road adventure is meaningless without a good Chutney for our vadas, idlis and Samosas!

Our team consists of two middle aged warriors, Rakesh and Rama, both of us reincarnated from the Rajput Era, born to ride the Auto Rickshaw 😉

The Warriors

Rama Drama | Half of Chutney ChungasRama: Writer, Photographer, Couch potato-er,Meetup Organiz-er,Facebook-er, Twitter-er, Google Pluss-er and NOW, Crazy Adventur-er as future Rickshaw Drive-errrrrrrrrr!

In real life: What real life ? Did someone wake me from my cylon dream ? Well,since I am awake, I manage people and technology as Director of  Strategic Initiatives. I am also working hard to change the wantrepre-neur in me to a real Entrepre-neur 😉

Rakesh Rao: Screen Sharer, Fat Driver (as depicted in our logo!), Go-Pro Camera obsessed, Apple GeekHead, Geographical Nomad (a story overRakesh Rao | The other half of Chutney Chungs many beers), I say ‘Let’s Do it’. Then pray to high heavens that I don’t get done! Experienced with Cycles, Motorcycles, Cars and even the odd Truck and very soon the ultimate driving machine, the Lord of the Tarmac Jungle – The Auto-Rickshaw. SocialMediaEnthusiast, Part-time Blogger, Wannabe good Photographer – still struggling up the learning curve.

In real life: Husband, Father, Friend and working as COO of an IT Staff Augmentation company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

The Charities: 

Team Chutney Chungas adventure is made worthy by our fund-raising efforts for the two noble organizations listed below.  

Care India: 

CARE India is a leading developmental organisation in India with an extensive global network. Through their pro-poor programmes, they have impacted on extreme poverty and social injustice in India by working with poor women and girls from the most disadvantaged communities.  By placing a special emphasis on working with poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, boost maternal and child health, prevent the spread of HIV & Tuberculosis (TB) and expand economic opportunity. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.

Donate by clicking on the image below!


FRANK Water Projects: 

The Next organization we are raising funds for is FrankWater Projects!

They saves lives through funding innovative and sustainable clean water projects in developing countries. Communities are provided with safe, clean water by employing ultra violet and reverse osmosis technology to filter water and remove chemical & biological contaminants that cause diseases!

The projects are community owned and run, with a priority on community ownership, education and longevity. Each project is managed and operated by local villagers. An affordable user fee model is implemented to insure sustainability and achieve maximum community uptake well into the future. Frank Water has funded over 70 projects reaching over 400,000 people to date and aim to extend their effectiveness to improve public health and reach many more communities throughout the world.

Every dollar you contribute, results in one bottle of water to someone who is thirsty!

Donate by clicking on the image below!

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The Event Organizers: 

AdventurirstsThe Rickshaw Run is the brainchild of The Adventurists, a UK-based travel company that tempts thrill-seeking folks to join them in “fighting to make the world less boring”. The Rickshaw Run takes place three times a year in India, rotating its start and end points between Shillong, Jaisalmer and Fort Kochi. Read about other adventures at The Adventurists.

What the Adventurists warn about the Rickshaw Run, and judging from past Rickshaw Runs, there is no exaggeration at all in these words:

These are genuinely dangerous things to do. The website is written in a light-hearted fashion but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure.

Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high.  Individuals who have taken part in past Adventurists’ adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled and even lost their life.

This is not a glorified holiday, it’s an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. This is what makes them adventures.