news Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 05:30
It’s been one couple's dream that has finally been achieved with the help of helping hands from across the globe.  Post two public campaigns plus a generous donation from notable actor Anupam Kher, Vijayan and Mohana, the famous tea couple from Kerala who have travelled to 16 countries have just added another to their list.  A wish that seemed improbable considering their financial status, the couple are now back after their maiden trip touring the United States.  A tea-seller for over forty years, a comparatively lesser source of monthly income did not stop Vijayan from taking his wife, Mohana not just to every scenic place across India, but also 16 countries across the globe. From Britain, France, Austria, Egypt, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore and the UAE, the list went on. A passion that he developed young, even though their financial status did not permit it, Vijayan made sure their trips happened by getting bank loans.The couple would then spend the next two or three years clearing the debts. Our earlier story- A tea shop owner couple who have visited 16 countries, one dream destination left  Following our story on them and their difficulty in getting a loan to make their one final dream of travelling to the United States of America, come true due to financial concerns, requests to help pitch in to help fulfill this couple’s dreams have been pouring in from across the globe. Two crowd funding campaigns post this enabled the collection of Rs. 2.5 lakh that has been used for their travel and stay. Celebrities and politicians like Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Tharoor shared the couple's story, making it go viral on the internet.  Not only did people pitch in money through the Ketto and Bitgiving campaigns, some even offered their homes for the couple to stay once they reach the States. Sixty five year old Vijayan and his wife, Mohana, who went city-hopping across a country that has been eluding them for a long time now, are back home and excited to talk about their trip. The travel agency Soman's based out of Kochi also helped the couple, providing them a discounted trip. “We loved New York and Los Angeles. There are so many memories from our trip, but my wife enjoyed at Universal studios the most. We thank everyone who helped us,” Vijayan said. Dreams do come true. (The slideshow above has pictures of Vijayan and Mohana from various trips and at their tea shop in Kochi) Read- Meet the Chennai guy who is dating 365 women this year        
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