The Nano is a dream project. It’s every person’s aspiration to own a car and the Nano fulfils this dream.
Thomas Chacko, a 63-year-old motoring enthusiast from Kochi in southeast India, has completed his dream project by travelling 26,500 km across the country in a Tata Nano. The 78-day expedition ascended both the highest and second highest motorable roads in the world and called at all of India’s state capitals and union territories, including more than 100 towns and cities.
I chose the Tata Nano for this journey because it is the car that has put India on the world motoring map, said Thomas Chacko after concluding his journey. “It has very good ground clearance and climbs well. The journey was not a joyride but an expedition to explore the country and get to know the people. The 78-day all-India drive has tested the Nano across some of the most rugged terrains in the country and through all kinds of weather. The car emerged successful from this test of endurance.
“The Nano is a dream project. It’s every person’s aspiration to own a car and the Nano fulfils this dream. In a way, this small wonder has fulfilled my dream of exploring India,” he added.
Over the course of the expedition, Chacko – a Fellow Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Formula One racing aficionado – drove the Nano to India’s farthest reaches, from Tawang in the east to Kanyakumari in the south, Dwarka in the west and Kargil in the north. He ascended both Khardung La - which, at 18,380 feet,is the highest motorable road in the world - and Tanglang La, the second highest motorable road in the world.