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Trans-India Challenge

Trans-India Challenge

By Peter Brill
A 3,500 mile adventure around India in a Morgan 3-Wheeler. Drivers Alan and Pat Braithwaite, along with documentary-makers Peter Brill and David Campbell, share their experiences of India's roads, culture, people and one extraordinary organisation - Goonj.
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Trans-India Challenge: Podcast 15 - Goonj, the pandemic and progress`
In unprecendented times, Goonj Co-Founder Meenakshi Gupta joins Pat and Alan Braithwaite and documentary Director, David Campbell, to discuss the challenges of Coronavirus in India and helping to feed millions; a first-hand experience of COVID-19; and some positive progress on the Challenge documentary.  
April 20, 2020
Trans-India Challenge: Podcast 14 - Reflections, language and partnerships
Having returned safely to the UK, Alan & Pat Braithwaite reflect on their 3.500 mile journey around India; what happens next; an update on Queen Bee; and learning how to speak and spread the 'language' of social development that has been created by Goonj. The organisation's Anita Patil explains how Goonj creates effective partnerships with other NGOs across India.
March 31, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast: Episode 12 - WE MADE IT!!
Queen Bee and the Trans-India Challenge celebrate success as they return safely to Mumbai after thier 3,500 mile (5,600km) road trip around India. We hear from Alan & Pat Braithwaite, members of the team, Deputy High Commissioners Nick Low and Dr Andrew Fleming, and Goon Co-Founders Anshu and Meenkshi Gupta.
March 7, 2020
Trans-India Podcast: Episode 11 - It's been emotional!
An emotional Leg Three of the Challenge sees team in Delhi, with thoughts on the beauty of the Taj Mahal, an emotional trip down memory lane for Alan and more frustration as Queen Bee suffers the consequences of poor fuel quality. Mumbai beckons as the Team heads nervously for home.
February 29, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast: Episode 10 - the road to enlightenment
Queen Bee buzzes back to life and heads for the elightened city of Bodh Gaya and Buddha's Bohdi Tree, battling rough roads along the way. The Challenge Team also discover more about Goonj's life-saving work in menstrual hygiene in rural villages.
February 21, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast: Episode 9 - Queen Bee @ the vet; cloth for work; school, hats & dance
This episode focuses on the work of Goonj - including the Cloth for Work Scheme and visits to schools, farming projects and a tribal craft and dance centre. There's also an update about progress on repairing a slightly sickly Queen Bee.
February 14, 2020
Trans-India Podcast: Episode 8 - Not such a buzzy Bee
A temporary setback for Queen Bee as she falters just a few kilometres from the end of Leg One. The team is in a race against time to get Queen Bee buzzing again. But there is also positive news for the Challenge as a whole.
February 9, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast: Episode 7 - A rough ride for Queen Bee
750 miles into the Challenge and a new driver, rough roads and rural landscapes. Goonj Founder, Anshu Gupta talks about his first rural experience and how it ultimately led to founding Goonj. Lastest Queen Bee driver, Peter Brill, talks about the experience. And the rough roads take a toll on the car.
February 6, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast 6: Final plans
The final days before departure from Mumbai have been a time of putting last minute details in place, meeting the media, hearing some final thoughts from the family and preparing the car...if only customs would let us get it out if its container!
January 30, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast 5: Mumbai Mayhem.
Peter Brill and David Campbell experience the chaos of Mumbai for the first time and come to terms with the traffic Alan and Pat will be encountering in the Morgan 3-Wheeler in just a few days.
January 24, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast 4: The calm before the storm
The night before their departure from Heathrow to Mumbai, Documentary Director David Campbell, and Communications Director Peter Brill discuss expectations, challenges and rules of the road, ahead of the 3,500 mile road trip with Alan and Pat Braithwaite and the Morgan 3-Wheeler.
January 19, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Podcast 3: Morgan meanderings
As the team makes its final preparations before heading to Mumbai, the Grandson of Henry Morgan, the CEO of Morgan Motors and the man who built the Challenge car single-handed share their thoughts on the brand, the car and the road ahead.   
January 15, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Episode 2: Starting to get exciting
Alan Braithwaite gets up to speed with just weeks to go; documentary director, David Campbell, on cables not clothes; and Goonj Founder Anshu Gupta's views on how the Challenge will help Goonj deliver its message of development with dignity. 
January 10, 2020
Trans-India Challenge Episode 1: An introduction
An introduction to an extraordinary adventure. One car, two drivers, three wheels and 3,500 miles around India. Follow the journey of Alan and Pat Braithwaite as they encounter fascinating people, visit some of India's most famous landmarks and, most importantly, discover more about the work of Goonj - an organisation that is encouraging major transformations in rural Indian communities with the help of recycled urban textiles and other discarded products.
December 31, 2019