Kerala Tea-Seller & Globetrotter, who visited 26 countries, dies at 71. Anand Mahindra pays tribute
Chennai: As Ralph Waldo Emerson, a renowned American philosopher once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination. This proverb could aptly describe the life of a Kerala tea seller, KR Vijayan, who, along with his wife Mohana, became globetrotters after making their first international visit in their fifties. In the end, the “traveling couple” visited 26 countries. Vijayan, 71, died in a private hospital in Ernakulam on Friday from cardiac arrest, just three weeks after his recent trip to Russia.
The tea seller became famous for the touring adventures he led with his wife in 2007. They began traveling after they married their two daughters. Their first release was in Israel. The couple ran a tea stall in Kochi and after finding a new purpose in life they decided to save at least Rs 300 per day, according to reports. For their first trips, they borrowed bank loans and paid them back with the help of the income they would earn from the tea stand.
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Later, when the couple got famous, they got sponsors. Their recent trip to Russia and a previous one to Australia and New Zealand were sponsored by a travel agency. Separately, the couple had also released a book written in Malayalam in 2020, titled “Chaaya Vittu Vijayanteyum Mohanayudeyum Loka Sancharangal“, which means that world tours of Vijayan and Mohana became possible by selling tea.
Vijayan loved to travel since he was young, as his father took him for short trips. Later, when he became an adult, he began to venture into new places in and around Kerala. “I’ve always loved traveling. My dad took me with him when I was only 12. And when I grew up I traveled alone to places like Munnar, Thekkady or Kanniyakumari,” Vijayan said. once said as quoted by the New Indian Express.
After learning of the loss, the chairman of the Mahindra group, Anand Mahindra took to his Twitter to pay tribute to Vijayan. He tweeted: “Godspeed, Vijayan. This is your next and most ambitious journey. You have become the embodiment of the explorer in all of us. I was honored to have been a part of one of your land journeys. Om Shanti. “
Good luck, Vijayan. This is your next and most ambitious journey. You have become the embodiment of the explorer in all of us. I was honored to have been on one of your land journeys. Om Shanti https://t.co/XoF2l93wax
– anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 20 November 2021