In an interesting Twitter exchange, Sonam Wangchuk - engineer, innovator and educator who inspired Aamir Khan's character in 3 Idiots - told Anand Mahindra the story behind the Mahindra jeep that was recycled into a roof at his Himalayan Institute of Alternatives.
The fascinating picture, which went viral a few days ago after it was tweeted by Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, shows a jeep that was converted into a roof at Mr Wangchuk's Himalayan Institute of Alternatives. Praising the innovation, Mr Mahindra wrote: "A friend sent these pics from Sonam Wangchuk's Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh. Recycling a Mahindra car into a home roof. A way of life at the Institute, where nothing gets discarded."
A friend sent these pics from Sonam Wangchuk's Himalayan Institute of Alternatives,Ladakh.Recycling a Mahindra car into a home roof.A way of life at the Institute, where nothing gets discarded.Well this will compete with our auto-shredding venture but it's far more creative! pic.twitter.com/p7UwgOvtxD- anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 14, 2018
On Monday, Mr Wangchuk tweeted a response from his unverified Twitter handle and revealed the remarkable story behind the recycled jeep.
"Dear Mr Anand Mahindra the Jeep you tweeted has a lovely story. It was instrumental in educational campaigns in the remotest frontiers of Ladakh... which finally took the matriculation results from 5% to 75%," he said.
He added that the Mahindra jeep served the institute between 1997 to 2007, before taking on its new avatar as a home's roof.
Dear Mr @anandmahindra the Jeep you tweeted has a lovely story. It was instrumental in educational campaigns in the remotest frontiers of Ladakh... which finally took the matriculation results from 5% to 75%. It served us faithfully between 1997 to 2007 before taking new avatara. pic.twitter.com/N9ejsphOjQ- Sonam Wangchuk (@Wangchuk66) December 17, 2018
Mr Mahindra also responded to the tweet about three hours ago, offering to support the educational campaign.
Sonam you're absolutely right-that IS a lovely story. How do I find out more about the educational campaign you referred to? And how we can support the campaign if the job is unfinished? @Wangchuk66@manoj_naandihttps://t.co/JgidIlv5qU- anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) December 19, 2018
The exchange earned both Mr Wangchuk and Mr Mahindra a lot of praise and goodwill for their efforts.
Mr. wangchuk this is incredible. Wish you success in your missions ahead. We seek inspiration from you.- Nikhil Chavan (@NIKHIL11C) December 17, 2018
Dear sir it is great pleasure to see your inspiring tweets every day...you are very humble person ...- Manoj Makhija (@mnjmakhija) December 19, 2018
This , I see as the major positive of Social Media. Bringing live stories to the notice of the right people and connecting like minded people towards a common good for the society as a whole.- Vasant Bhanushali (@bandhuvb) December 19, 2018
The Himalayan Institute of Alternatives in Ladakh is a "collaborative exercise" where learners are encouraged to "undertake research and creative endeavors in collaboration with facilitators."
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