Want to rush your sturdy cars through the tough and mountainous terrain of Kashmir? Are you daring enough to ride to the far-flung and untouched areas of Kashmir?
The Kashmir Off-Road is the first-ever car racing club in Kashmir that aims to bring together adventure seekers to explore Kashmir in a unique way! Founded by Ali Sajid and Farah Zaidi; the Kashmir Off-Road is now associated with the Jammu And Kashmir Tourism Department to promote the untrodden places in J&K and encourage Off-Road adventure in the state.
The couple compliments each other in this project as both of them are crazy about cars and adventure sports. While Ali organizes the rallies, Farah takes care of the PR.
Ali Sajid says “We are Kashmir’s first and only passion-driven, off-road adventure and motorsport outfit based in the region. Our aim is to build a local motorsport community. We envision honing the local talent for national rally events.” (Source:https://jandkheadlines.com/headlines/kashmir-off-road-brings-off-road-adventure-and-motorsport-to-the-valley)
In collaboration with the J&K Tourism Department; the club organized India’s first-ever snow autocross – Frozen Rush in Gulmarg in 2017. The event was held in the month of January when Gulmarg experienced 10-12 feet of snowfall. The event turned out to be a huge success and gained them, several motorsport junkies.
The recent event carried out by the club was “Zanskar Overland” which was from July 6 to July 15, 2019. This expedition was aimed at exploring the Zanskar which is a homage to ancient Buddhist monasteries, villages resting on high cliffs, mountain ranges and the awestruck views of the mighty Himalayas.
Members who went the Unbeaten Path
The club has given a platform for its members to create history and also opened doors to National level championships.
Two Kashmiri boys named Asrar Wani and Mehboob ul Hussain who were the members of this club got selected and participated in the Volkswagen Ameo Cup Championship, a national motorsport event in Pune, Maharashtra, 2019.
Besides, we have Sharmeen Mushtaq Nizami who has created history by becoming the first-ever female driver from Kashmir to compete in Frozen Rush 2 in January 2018.
She is a doctor by profession and she has been enjoying driving from the past 20 years and she aims to become a source of inspiration to other aspiring women in the valley.
Sharmeen says that “If you have it in you, and you are provided with a well-structured platform to show your skills, then you must give it a try at least. Perhaps in the future, we will have a team of Kashmiri female racers too.” (Source:https://yourstory.com/2018/01/kashmir-woman-participate-frozen-rush)
Faheem Altaf, one of the first club members of Kashmir Off-Road and a businessman by profession, said, “It’s adrenaline-pumping experience when your car is pitted against a slope when the only option is to go forward. The sense of satisfaction is exhilarating when such obstacles are overcome. Going on such off-road trails also throws open beautiful views of the Kashmir alpine valley and we get to experience some truly breathtaking views.” (Source:https://jandkheadlines.com/headlines/kashmir-off-road-brings-off-road-adventure-and-motorsport-to-the-valley)
If you are an adventure junkie, then this club is totally meant for you! Get a chill down your spine by driving through the Paradise on Earth with the Kashmir Off-Road. Hurry up! Get yourselves enrolled and go out on an adventurous ride with your gang!
Meet Sandeep Chaudhary, an IPS officer, who provides free coaching classes for UPSC, SSC and other competitive exams to the students of the Valley.
In almost everyone’s life, there would be a role model who inspires them to walk through the untrodden ways in life so that they could stand out from the rest of the world.
Sandeep Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police is one such role model for the society. He hails from Punjab and was first posted in Jammu. He did his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Indira Gandhi National Open University.
While he was preparing for his UPSC exam he did not take up any coaching classes; as they were expensive so he took guidance from his friends and seniors while preparing for the exam.
After taking charge of his duties in Jammu, he decided to bring in about a change in the society by making it a point that expensive coaching classes are not at all mandatory to clear these exams.
So he started “Operation Dreams” on May 30, 2018, to provide free coaching classes to aspiring youth for competitive exams like UPSC, SSC, J&K Sub-Inspector and banking exams.
His initiative was administred for the students who are facing financial and academic hurdles. As the coaching classes for competitive exams would cost them around Rs. 1.3 lakh – 1.6 Lakh he has put forth this initiative as a means to curb down their financial hindrance.
“Getting through tough exams is possible even without attending expensive coaching classes. I feel the youth don’t get much exposure in Jammu while preparing for competitive examinations. My small step aims to provide a platform to such aspirants so that they could achieve their goals.” He added (from Better India).
He started the operation with 10 students. He religiously gave two hours from his busy schedule to the coaching classes (from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.).
Initially, the classes were conducted in his office chamber but within a few days the number of students raised to 150 which compelled him to change the spot. So he shifted his classes to Rani Plaza Banquet Hall in Nai Basti, Jammu.
The same year, 38 out of these 150 students qualified through their written test for the post of Sub-Inspector in different wings of Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Out of those 38 students, Moin Khan is one amongst those who qualified. Moin Khan from Thanda Pani Village, Jammu who worked as a pizza delivery boy and car washer has now turned into a police officer.
Recently he was posted to Shopian. As his generous initiative gained momentum, he has started off his classes in Shopian on June 14 with 6 students.
This morning, the first class of ‘Operation Dreams’ in Kashmir. Last year, we started with 10 students in Jammu. This year with 6 in Shopian. The environment can not be an excuse. #Educate #youth #Kashmir #dignity #Careers pic.twitter.com/l4I0i2iHXT
— Sandeep Chaudhary (@Sandeep_IPS_JKP) 14 June 2019
Even though he is providing free coaching classes, he is also utilizing his initiative as a means to fight against the drug menace in the Valley. He feels that by giving an appropriate direction to the youths there would be a decrease in drug consumption.
Apart from being a watchdog of law and order, Sandeep Chaudhary is a true inspiration for everyone. On one side he is performing his duties and on the other, he is the messiah for the unprivileged layer of the society who aspire to dream big.