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Article in The Hindu, august 2013

Updated: August 12, 2013,  Indian cyclist reaches Qatar on 200,000 km trip, The HINDU


Somen Debnath. File photo
The Hindu Somen Debnath. File photo

An Indian cyclist who is on a mission to pedal around the globe has reached Qatar after touring 79 countries.

Somen Debnath, who plans to set up a global village near Kolkata, has already toured 79 countries and plans to visit 191 nations by 2020 and he will move to Saudi Arabia on August 15.

Debnath started his ‘Around the World on Bicycle’ initiative in 2004 to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS.

Debnath said he expects the local government to award him eight hectares of land for his global village.

He plans to cover 200,000 kilometres, reaching up to 2 million people by the end of his journey in 2020.

About his plans for a global village, the idea is to share and care for everyone in society irrespective of their caste, color or creed and give dignity to each of them, Debnath told Gulf Times.

The young adventurist also claimed that all his expenses were covered by people he met during his journey.

About Somen Debnath

Dear friends, my name is Somen Debnath. I am a resident of the village of Basanti, Sundarbans, West Bengal, which is a great mangrove forest and the largest tiger reserve in India. My "Around the World Bicycle Tour for HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme & Presentation of Indian Culture" started on 27th of May 2004, two days after I acquired Bachelor degree in Zoology from the University of Calcutta. I have also completed 'Visarad' in Fine Arts from the Sarbabhartiya University. My goal is to cover 191 countries till 2020. I will travel 200.000 km in the whole world and reach nearly 20 million people. 118.000 km I will travel for charity, that's why I'm selling my Km to people. The support I will get from people buying my kilometres will help me fulfill my other dream: to build a Global village in my native place, Basanti, Sundarbans.

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