On July 23, 2015 a trio of formidable women flagged off from Delhi on a historic journey. They were driving to London and the trip would be first of its kind in the world. Helming the trip was de facto leader Nidhi Tiwari. Earlier that year she had founded Women Beyond Boundaries, an organisation that promotes off-road driving among women in India. This journey was WBB’s maiden voyage, meant to inaugurate the venture on a grand scale.
Indian women drivers, like their counterparts in the rest of the world, have been dealt the short end of the stick. Consider free-wheeling epithets about ‘idiotic lady drivers’ and dial in the added stereotypes of Indian society and you have a system that actively narrows, if not restricts, women from driving. Sure, in today’s times more and more women take the wheel to drive to work or drop kids off at school. But Nidhi didn’t see women driving on long road trips with friends, or off-road jeeping on an adventure or driving towards the horizon just for the heck of it-and this worried her.