Tea-seller who travelled 23 countries, to write travelogue to fund another trip
Balaji isn’t kidding anyone when he says he’s the first tea-seller to have visited various other countries in the world. The owner of a small teashop in Kathrikadavu in Ernakulum, he has already travelled to 23 countries including America. Balaji says he is not done. He is still eager to travel to more countries around the world. To raise funds to continue his adventures, the 69 year-old plans on writing a book on his many travel adventures.
Balaji, who ended his education in his first year of pre-degree and took up tea selling, needs help in wording his many wonderful experiences. He remembers his stories of travel from places like Egypt to America, very clearly and is ready to narrate them too. He needs the help of a writer who can listen to his stories and give life to his unique travelogue.
Many have come forward to write his book but it doesn’t seem to be working out. Balaji’s goal isn’t to sell his travelogue and mint money off it, but just to make enough for one more trip.
A trip to the Scandinavian nations is Balaji’s current desire. This tea-seller knows well that it’s not practical for him to raise the money for that trip, just by selling tea for Rs.5. For his previous trips, he had people as sponsors but he has no such option now. Besides that, he has a few loans to settle too and that’s when the idea for a travelogue stemmed. So far, a dozen writers have already approached him. If all goes well, the tea-seller’s travelogue will be out soon.
Kochuparambil K.R. Vijayan’s aka Balaji’s first trip was to Egypt, in 2007. He has visited a total of 23 countries worldwide. His wife Mohana accompanied him on all these trips. Their latest adventure was to Brazil. Singapore is Balaji’s favourite country because of how clean and hygienic the place is. He came back home from Singapore trip after willingly keeping aside his desire to open a tea-shop in Singapore. Travelling in the snows of Switzerland is an experience that his wife, Mohana will forever cherish.