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India's first all women extreme driving test in Kolkata to mark Women's Day

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 8 2019 7:03PM
India's first all women extreme driving test in Kolkata to mark Women's Day
Kolkata, 8 March (HS): With a view to empowering women on the Women''s day and prove that they can go beyond the traditional barrier,the country''s third largest car manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra here today announced its plan to organise a two day one of a kind event for ''off road challenging car driving skill '' here from tomorrow. Being organised in association with a leading Radio channel, the two day event on 9 and 10 March at the Eco Urban Village in the city,would be participated by more than 150 women car drivers from across the country under the leadership of world renowned extreme terrain driver Nidhi S Tiwari(38) from Delhi. Speaking to Hindusthan Samachar here this afternoon, a day before the event called - Xtreme - U - Tiwari said this was for the first time that such an exclusive but very exiting and challenging driving event for womenfolk was being organised anywhere in the country to boost the capabilities of women behind the steering of their car. Narrating her own experience of driving cars in extreme terrain across the country and in different parts of the world during the past 14 years,Taiwari,who is also associated with Mahindra and Mahindra as its Brand Ambassador for extreme terrain sports, told HS that in most of the countries including in India the number of women professional car drivers was negligible because of social taboos that women could not be good and dependable driver and that they could not even negotiate a sharp bend on a rocky mountain road. Now the time had come to prove this notion wrong as more and more young women, mostly housewives, were coming forward to participate in such extreme and challenging sports, Tiwari said and hoped that their numbers would grow up steadily in the coming days too. Asked more about her own experience and her future plans,Tiwari said since she took up extreme car driving as her profession nearly 15 years ago after being inspired by her father,also an avid sports enthusiast, she had travelled to London from Delhi in 2015 covering a distance of more than 25,000 km through 18 countries in 90 days with two of her female friends.'' While we were crossing Uzbekistan through a lonely terrain, we were confronted by a gang of five drunken men who attacked us and broke the window panes of our car for nothing'',she said. ''Only God saved us from that tricky situation on that day,'' she told HS without elaborating further.About her future plans Tiwari said in next July August(in 2019) the same group of three women drivers would travel to Congo in Central Africa to drive across the country covering a distance of over 5,000 km in about ten days. ''We would be driving a Mahindra 4X4 Scorpio not only through dense forest and mountain roads but also through small deserts and far off villages with no communication facilities'', she said. ''Coming back to India we would take up a similar journey in Nagalnd'',she said and claimed that in terms of extreme weather her most memorable experience was driving through the lonely roads of about 2,000 km in the Arctic region in Northen Russia last year(2018),all alone. ''It was one of the most challenging driving experience as the temperature in the region was hovering between minus 50 and minus 71 degree Celsius during the ten days of my journey;she said adding It had created a tremendous pressure on her mind and body for several months,''but thankfully I am now fully fit and is reared go again'', Tiwari pointed out. Haindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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