India, as a geographical terrain is any motorcycle rider�s dream come true. With its lush countryside and warm natives, the country provides the rider absolute freedom, while also keeping him/her rooted in humanity. In the book, Don't Ask Any Old Bloke for Directions: A Biker's Whimsical Journey Across India, former IAS officer P. G. Tenzing narrates his nine-month expedition on aboard his Enfield Thunderbird. In order to achieve this feat, he had to quit his job, which spanned over two decades. With limited budget and resources, he set out on his two-wheeler, only to realise that his life would change forever.
A biker�s spirit is different from any other kind of rider. Being out on two wheels gives one more sense of connection to his/her surrounding than in the cabin of a car. Mr. Tenzing�s soul too was under the same hold, as he decided to go for this epic journey and give it all he had. In the nine-month period, he covered more than 25,000 kilometres, which he started from Trivandrum, at the tip of the Indian subcontinent to the higher altitude ranges of Leh in the Himalayas. Enroute this journey, he met several exciting individuals, each with their own unique story. These people and the incidences are explained beautifully by the author as he mentions that there is an innate sense of spirituality in such experiences.
P. G. Tenzing was an IAS officer in Kerala cadre. He passed away at the age of 46 due to terminal cancer. Many of his colleagues remember him as an honest, fun-loving individual and his death was a shock to many who read his travelogues. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. This edition of Don't Ask Any Old Bloke for Directions is published by Penguin India in paperback, with an ISBN 10 number of 0143102990, and an ISBN 13 number of 9780143102991.