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Sahara & the cyclist

DNMUM392508 | 7/16/2017 | Author : Ranjana Maria | WC :779

Anindya Mukherjee is that rare Indian who decided to ride a cycle through a section of the desert. He tells Ranjana Maria it took him 28 days to cover an over 2000km journey

Is it possible to take a short cut through a desert? Will you chance upon an oasis if you take a detour? Is there an oasis in the western Sahara? Does the sand only host dunes or allows lifeforms to sustain?
Sahara, an inhabitable vast expanse of greige (grey and beige) where distance and direction are incomprehensible, has been known as a place to be visited only in caravans. But a 46-year-old father of two decided he’d rather travel through the planet’s largest desert on his hybrid bicycle. And so, in the winter of 2016, Howrah resident and avid mountaineer, Anindya Mukherjee, began to plan and plot his desert travel. “My love for the African continent began after a visit to Mt Kilimanjaro in 2005,” says Mukherjee. “It wa
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