Satish Kumar- the man who drove 13,800 km on motorbike with his prosthetic legs


It’s all about dreams and a passion to pursue it. For a traveller, measuring the whole world could be the biggest dream, but, for Satish Kumar it was perhaps the only dream. He is a dreamer and a traveller, who as fate would have it-  lost both his legs in an accident. But, he hasn’t stopped chasing his dreams of biking.

Satish Kumar (35) lost both of his legs in a tragic train accident, still intended to travel across country on his bike. Today he is an inspiration for many and has set records for the coming generation. He goes everywhere on his Enfield bullet, driving on his own.

Accident and inspiration

In 2005, he lost both his legs in a fatal train accident. While trying to get down from a moving train, his legs got caught in the gap between train and platform. He was dragged down under the wheels of running train, and his life changed forever.

For the next one year he was in a deep depression, he gave up his dream of biking and travelling at all. He was shattered and was bid ridden, for a long time.

One day, the news a teenager committing suicide over an insignificant issue left a deep impact on his mind. The news shook his mind and he felt that he was also following the same path, he felt that it was nothing less than suicide. That moment he decided not to waste time and his life anymore.

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Starting a new life

He searched for many ideas and equipments that can help him; finally he came to a decision of getting prosthetic legs. He wanted to pursue his dreams once again; he wanted to ride the bike.

After getting a prosthetic leg, he began with learning scooty and gradually went on the ride a motorcycle. After practicing over three months and gained enough confidence he decided to go on a road trip. In a first week of September he started his journey from Odisha and till date he is measuring Indian roads.

So far, he has covered almost 13,800 kilometres. He has reached West Bengal from Odisha on his own bike with artificial legs. Satish says: “My aim is to create history by making my name enter in the Guinness and Limca books of world records. Ability and disability are just human perceptions. If I can do it, anyone can.”


He has not just inspired many emputees to live life on their own terms, but also many artists to work on his life. A prominent film production company recently approached him and decided to make a movie on his life and journey till date. A three minute documentary on his life has made way to the World Nomads Travel Film competition.

Satish is planning to measure the entire country through his bike and he feels a lot of fire inside himself. He says: “I want to climb Mount Everest, and I know I can. I have to prove myself just to inspire the coming generations.”


The first thing they did was to remove the ‘Horn Please’ signs, a common sight on the rear of most commercial vehicles in India. Those sign boards which they could not remove, they simply used black paint to cover up. “We must have removed or painted over around 10,000 signs,” recalls Kalra. Owners and drivers were not happy to see the activists defacing their vehicles. “I was beaten up several times along with my volunteers.

Some people even lodged complaints against us with the police,” he says. However, the initiative did not have as powerful an impact as he had hoped. Determined not to rest until he made a difference, Kalra decided to coin a few anti-honking slogans that were both educational and powerful.

He also declared January 1 as No-Honking Day and distributed thousands of bumper stickers with the message ‘Do Not Honk!’. Another sticker carried a slogan in Hindi: ‘Kutta bhi bina wajah nahin bhonkta’ (Even a dog does not bark without reason). “It did shame a few into reducing the use of the horn,” he describes. This time he was lucky.


The campaign caught the attention of national media and the civic authorities such as the New Delhi Municipal Council and Municipal Corporation of Delhi, which decided to back his cause. They put up ‘No Honking’ boards in several parts of the city. “I was really happy the civic authorities had taken note of the initiative, and their move was definitely a good one,” Kalra says.


Belonging to a middle-class family, Kalra was born and brought up in Delhi.His father was an inspector with Delhi Police, so discipline and the importance of adhering to the law were lessons he was taught early in life. After graduating from Delhi University, Kalra, a 4th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, founded the Indian Amateur Taekwondo Federation and offered training programmes to others which included among others, Delhi Police personnel, embassy officials and staff of several corporate institutions and schools in the city.

He also set up a business as a career consultant to those interested in taking up jobs overseas. Although he was doing well in his career, he was passionate about doing something in the realm of social service. “I tried to set up an NGO several times, but was unsuccessful because of the differences that used to crop up among the board members,” he says.

Other Efforts

Ravi Kalra established Earth Saviours Foundation with aim to make some difference in society, a small group of dedicated social workers and volunteers, which included young boys and girls.

They offered him their help and started supporting his projects. He is giving free shelter, basic education and food to beggars, mentally challenged and senior citizens. He has established a camp where poorest people of our society are getting necessary and basic help. Today, more than 20 such elderly are getting free shelter and three time meals who were becoming a somewhat difficult for their own families to support. Ravi Kalra and his team has been giving all their savings to this service since 2010.


“A spirit of caring and sharing is very important and needs to be encouraged for the betterment of our own lives and saving our lovely planet,” Kalra suggests. Anyone interested in helping can contact Ravi Kalra, 34 Green Avenue, Near ‘D’ Block Church, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110 070, India. Mobile: +91-9818171695