Published On: Fri, Jul 15th, 2016

Odisha boy SSS Shameem travelled Kanyakumari to Kashmir on Cycle

13096281_10207963215430764_8105570155006512111_nBhubaneswar: Mr. SSS Shameem, resident of Bhadrak||Odisha, who presently works as Assistant professor at Dept. of Computer of Applications, MIT, Manipal, Karnataka took up a herculean task of travelling the entire length of India, all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir (Ladakh) on Cycle, all alone. He started, he rode; he underwent all the challenges. Unfortunately, due to sever climatic challenges and related health problem, he couldn’t reach Ladakh, but very promisingly he completed 3,520 km in 23 days (+ 3 days of rest); all alone on cycle. This statistics could have been much better (keeping in mind his earlier 4 years of endurance sports experience); but on a SOLO, self-supported, long-trip it’s not a bad feat either.

He feels, the love and support of thousands of well-wishers all across the country pushed him so far; and quite visible was the appreciation-encouragement from Manipal family. He says, “I couldn’t achieve what I planned/promised. But, I still/always believe, regretting of past is a foolish thing; rather learning from it and preparing in present for a successful future is the real wisdom. I failed, but I can proudly say, I tried my best, achieved a bit and learnt a lot.” He started this (failed) attempt for LIMCA records with a flag off from Kanyakumari on 23-May-2016; and ended the expedition (due to bad-health) at Patseu (Himachal Pradesh) on 18-June-2016. He fell short by 320 Kms to Ladakh. During the journey he crossed 13 states (& UTs), 53 districts, 52 cities and countless townships; met-connected with lot of strange-lovely people. Having a vast experience in endurance sports, cycling and running, he just added one more feather to his cap by registering his name to become the only few of the Indians to ever cycle the entire length of India; and possibly the only second one to do South-North ever and that too in the heat of Summer; and possibly the first one to attempt Himalayas on a Road-bike (strictly not meant for mountains; but he covered 300+ kms with the same).

More than those, he was/am very proud to be one of the first Odiya guy to carry forward the name-fame of the place-he-belongs in the national level (through cycling). He also feels great to represent the brand Manipal in national level in the Sports domain as well. Undoubtedly Odisha & Manipal has many other better sports-talents, but in this unique way he also tried to deliver my bit of contribution to the family he belongs to, “Odisha and Manipal”. He also met-associated with some of the Odiya friends and Manipal Alumus (even his own students), which was a great feeling altogether. He used to share/update daily proceedings on social media without fail, and thousands of well-wishers from all cadres of society and age-group were encouraging him throughout.
For his unique and noble attempt, he got a huge positive response from mass-and-media, Govt. officials, Private sectors, Police Dept. of different states, Indian Railways, and the great Indian Army. Never to miss out, the unconditional support by Manipal Group itself as well as supporters back in Odisha, throughout in each stage, was unmatchable.

Justifying to his self-claimed identity, which he feels very proud of: Muslim by Birth; INDIAN by Heart; Human by Nature; Professor by Profession; Family person by Emotion; Trier & Achiever by Determination; he says he came to know a bit of the Real India more closely in these 30 odd days. He started with a message to spread i.e. of Unity and Humanity; but he realised that amongst all the diversity and present-visible disturbances, still lies a lot of brotherhood and attachment for each-other among the people of India, irrespective of cast-creed-religion-region-language-gender. He already has a huge impact on the students of Manipal, and many are getting inclined towards running and cycling in a more serious way; even some doing good in related sports-events as well. Proud-parents Sk. Habibun Bibi and Sk. Anwar Hossain are always his role-model and source of inspiration, for which he apologies with God-almighty for respecting them more than HIM. Friends and family-members are always major source of inspiration for him. Also, his student, whom he calls as friends, were always encouraging and cheering him up. His dept., institute, university, and all known-unknown “friends” were very supportive to him from the very beginning itself. MIT Director Dr. G. K. Prabhu was personally interested in this event. Other officials of Manipal university also very encouraging; prominent among them were SOAHS dean Dr. B Rajsekhar and Col. Prakash Chandra of Gen Services. Personal encouragement of Udupi SP Annamalai sir (who himself is an avid cyclist and rode with Shameem at quite some occasions) was very inspiring for him and all. Special mention is needed for the amount of support provided by the Great Indian Army at the remote places of Himachal Pradesh, at the time of urgent needs.

One of the Largest countries in the entire Planet Earth; and one personal covering its entire length by Cycle, doing it all alone, is never a small thing, whatsoever. It needs guts and courage, apart from lot of mental strength and huge amount of love and support. This time around, all these were with Shameem. Hoping to see him to escalate to further heights and taste real success as well. Stay Blessed. Jai-Hind!

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Interestingly, Shameem is a endurance runner and cyclist; with a vast experience of many marathons, half-marathons and brevets (long distance cycling events). All details on www.ride4pride.weebly.com

He has also successfully completed on 1500 Km solo Cycling expedition on Dec-2015 from Bangalore to home/Odisha; crossing Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatanam; which was vastly covered in Odiya, English, Telugu, Kannada Dailies.

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