Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kingcobra - Our Third Baby !

Kingcobra - the lifeline of the Snake Cell is our third baby, means we love it very much. In fact, it arrived before our other two babies (Sukhmani and Chirag). My wife Dr Rajbir and I worked very hard to get a vehicle for the Snake Cell, to reach people anywhere in the country. We sold our wildlife T-shirts (hand printed by us) very vigorously and conducted special tours as well, to raise funds for the vehicle. We were still in need of loan. In spite of our sincerity and all that, no bank was willing to extend loan to us, as we are not money generating company. Finally, IndusInd Bank agreed to give us loan at a very high rate of interest, we paid 18.6% loan, imagine. My experience is that most people only extend lip-service for such projects in India, which I hate the most. Soon, after it was bought, we worked on it relentlessly for months to modify it, so we could make it a `self-sustainable mobile unit' for the Snake cell; its has a bed (for two), kitchen, toilet, wash-basin, enough storage, small fridge, water tank, etc.

Now, we can carry our stuff, all by ourselves for our outreach programmes. It provides support to us, like a luxury hotel, when we visit villages or schools to deliver lectures about snakes and snakebite. Now, Kingcobra has extended our range to whole India. In 2003, we travelled from Chandigarh, along the west coast, down to Cochin and Chennai and back; did six months on roads and logged 12,000 kms. Our aim was to meet like minded people all over Western side of India. Kingcobra has realised our dreams.

LONG LIVE THE KINGCOBRA !!

10 comments:

Raakesh said...

Wonderful ... It is undoubtedly a great vehicle. And I can vote for your design. I know you designed this vehicle yourself. It is awesome

vk said...

Congratulations, Capt.!
Regards
Vani

Anuradha said...

great one !! keep your good work going !!

Anurag said...

Was he brn after Chirag? !! hehe

This is a beautiful member of your family and is a beautiful home on move.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with KK.

Capt Suresh Sharma said...

It arrived before Sukhmani, in fact.

Ankur Thatai Photography said...

Superb, I had ride on KINGKOBRA. It's like house on wheels. It was a great experience with you on KINGCOBRA.
GOD BLESS KINGCOBRA!
:)

Ajab Boparai said...

Kudos, Captain!

NITIN BADHWAR said...

As I got great oppertunity to meet Captain and King Cobra, I also got chance to joy ride with superb Air Con on it.
Ride was very comfortable and was kind of pride .

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priyanka said...

Hello Sir,

I love reading your articles... Its fascinating to know about your snake cell....
Please keep on posting so we can know more about your cell..

Regards,
Priyanka