Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 12:
This man from Odisha wears a never-say-die attitude on his sleeves. Despite being a divyang, Gota Satish Kumar is on a record breaking spree.
The 36-year-old from Rayagada is a double amputee and has travelled 50,000 km on his motorcycle in a span of 165 days covering 29 states and five Union Territories (UTs).
With this, he finds a place in the Guinness Book for the maximum distance covered by a bike rider in a country. The earlier record was 38, 000 km.
On September 2 last year, Satish had set out on his journey on a 350 cc Royal Enfield bike from hometown Rayagada with an aim to better his earlier feat. He had earlier completed 19,000 km covering 29 states and five Union Territories.
Worth mentioning, Satish chose September 2 to start the journey as he had lost his legs on this day 12 years ago in 2005.
His aim was to create history by entering into Guinness and Limca Book of Records as a solo motorcycle rider in the physically challenged category and general category as well.
The MBA graduate lost his legs in a train accident at the age of 26 and underwent surgery for amputation. Post surgery, he slipped into a state of depression. After struggling for months, he bounced back to life with a pair of prosthetic legs and life thereafter has been inspirational.
According to reports, Tollywood star Pawan Kalyan had extended a financial aid of Rs 5 lakh to Satish after coming to know about his inspirational journey. Coincidentally, September 2 happens to be the birthday of the popular actor.