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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsFor most of us here in India, travelling finds an unwitting connection to chai. Traversing through the country's picturesque landscape, these heavenly places serving steaming cups of chai can be found in quaint villages high up in the hills, or under the thatched roofs of a dilapidated chai ki tapri along the highway. Yet, no matter where we happen to chance upon one, it never fails to fill our heart with joy at the very sight of it. © Facebook Now, imagine such a tea-stall located in a small village in some part of this country, shouldering the weight of an elderly couple's ardent dreams to explore the length and breadth of not just India, but the entire world. Yes, you are right. This almost seems like an impossible dream when you hear about it at first, but guess what, there exists such a tea-stall and such a couple who have managed to realise their dreams of travelling around the world, by running a tea-stall! © Facebook Vijayan and Mohana, both in their late 60s, are from Kochi in Kerala, but are better known to the world as the “globetrotting couple” who travel around the world by selling tea. Vijayan and Mohana have been running a nondescript tea-stall in Kochi, called the 'Sree Balaji Coffee House' for the past 40 years, and the minimal earnings from that business have allowed them to travel to over 23 countries so far! © Facebook How do they manage to make all this happen you ask? Well, the key to their success is the couple's undying grit and desire. Vijayan and Mohana refuse to be cowed down by the financial restraints or the logistic trivia that might hamper their bigger plans. The elderly couple saves from whatever little they make at their shop, and rely on small loans to fund their travels. After saving Rs. 300 every day for decades, they used it along with their meagre income and bank loans, to explore 23 countries! It was back in 1963 when Vijayan began selling tea in the streets to fulfil the travel dreams he shared with his wife. © Facebook Singapore, New York and Switzerland are some of his most favourite places. The couple has been to Brazil, Argentina, Peru, USA besides many others, but currently, their plan is to check out Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Greenland Norway. There is simply not stopping this duo! For Vijayan, travelling is all about collecting experiences and learning about other people and their culture. Vijayan marvels over the beauty of landscapes and the kinds of people they meet during their travel. © Instagram Their philosophy is simple. Keeping their nest destination in sight, the couple continues to save Rs 300 every day, and keep their expenses to the minimum (they work both as worker and manager of their tiny shop). While on their trip, they spend very little on unnecessary things. Still, the loans they take keep getting piled up, and after every trip, they spend the next three years trying to repay that debt. Their story might be laden with a lot of struggles, but Vijayan and Mohana don't plan to give up as long as their arms and legs are moving. This couple is proof that no amount of limitations are big enough to stop someone from realising their dreams if they set their heart to it.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsDeclaring in the third session of Day 2, Test 4, the Men in Blue find themselves in a rather comfortable spot putting up a total of 622 runs with 3 wickets to spare. Showing confidence in his bowlers, Kohli decided to call in his men, handing over Australia the huge task of covering the score in the first innings and then some. Innings Break! Here comes the declaration from the Indian Skipper.#TeamIndia 622/7 (Pujara 193, Pant 159*) Updates - https://t.co/hdocWC4GEH #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/qMVXTI38In — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 In the past, even under the captaincy of some of the most able and strategically sound men, the Indian Cricket Team has been known to 'choke' when it came to performing in Australia and has never won a Test series during their trips Down Under. Issues ranging from troubled openers to uncomfortable tailenders have haunted every Indian captain's dreams. Having said that, we may be witnessing the birth of a revolutionary squad that seems to have found a 'formula' of sorts, to make the Aussies shake in their boots. The key ingredient of this formula is the Indian batsman and probably the only player that comes even remotely close to achieving Rahul Dravid's 'The Wall' status, Cheteshwar Pujara. Acting as the anchor to Kohli's ship that the Indian team is, Pujara has been extremely consistent and productive as he has faced nearly 1,300 balls (with more to come in the second innings) during the series. Scoring a total of 521 runs and hitting three centuries in seven innings, Pujara leads in scoring not only his team but the entire series by a huge margin with Rishabh Pant in the second place with 350 runs in total. 9 hours, 8 minutes and 373 balls later - @cheteshwar1 walks back after scoring 193 ððð#TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/atOD7TeAOD — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 Pant, another crucial component of India's success, just had himself a massive innings, scoring a mammoth 159 after Pujara departed for 193, breaking the record for the highest score by an Indian keeper in an away Test, previously held by MS Dhoni. Leaving aside him making an impression on the Australian Prime Minister with his constant sledging of Australian cricketers, Pant's focus, both as the wicket-keeper and a batsman remains unshaken. Forming decent to extensive partnerships with his teammates throughout the series, Pant has given the much-needed consistency that the team had been desperate for in the Test Cricket format. The 21-year-old looks to be well adjusted to international cricket and has filled in Dhoni's spot with the utmost grace. 150 runs for @RishabPant777 ððð#TeamIndia 616/6#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vZFY9hunBL — BCCI (@BCCI) January 4, 2019 India's opening woes have been met with and we have debutant Mayank Agarwal to thank for the fix. The 27-year-old first-timer is believed to have the strength of Sehwag and the cool of Dhoni. Despite co-opener and best-bud, KL Rahul having a tough time putting up runs, Agarwal has successfully been able to give his team the initial boost the batting side requires to have a good innings. India's dominance in Australia comes at the hands of a young and dynamic team. In the absence of veterans like Rohit Sharma and R. Ashwin, Kohli's boys have not only been able to hold their own but are also looking to conquer the opposition and that's precisely what makes this run a lot more impressive.