Disability couldn’t prevent 29-year-old Eric Paul from driving from Leh to Kanyakumari and enter the Limca Book of Records.
Paul completed his journey in in 159 hours and 59 minutes.
Eric, who met with an accident in 2012, was paralysed from chest down and bed-ridden for two years. But he didn’t let fate decide his destiny. He followed his passion of travelling and covered 3,917 km in a customised hatchback with hand controls.
Eric says,“It feels really good but I think I have just crossed a milestone and there is a long way to go,”.
When asked by PTI about the challenges he faced on his journey he said,
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“There were many challenges on my way like no toilets, restrooms, shelters or any public place which is wheelchair friendly. Neither people are aware about offering any help, instead they look with pity, which makes a special person uncomfortable. Other challenges were instant changing weather conditions, no mobile network, petrol pumps at long distances in hilly areas, poor condition of roads, landslides, language barrier while getting food and shelter was also a task,”.
He never considers himself disabled and is proud to drive at world’s highest motorable road in Leh. The never-dying spirit of Eric made him cover the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ road (Chennai-Kolkata-Delhi-Mumbai) last winter which was another record for the Limca Book.
He is an ardent follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’, about which he spreads awareness and campaign for cleanliness during his expedition across the country.
Sky is the limit for Eric as he is again preparing for another record-setting expedition and also working towards raising issues faced by disabled people.
“I want to see a new India which is accessible for people like me or with any other disability. It is only possible when the whole society comes together and work in this area. I’ll try my best to contribute towards this,” he said.