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Scholars from US, solo biker from Cuttack join 85th Ekamra Walks

Bhubaneswar:29/7/18: Two scholars from USA and one solo biker from Cuttack with a record of having nearly 100 solo bike rides across the country were among the 30 visitors at the 85th Ekamra Walks in the Old Town Circuit on Sunday.

The two scholars from USA Brenda Vasguez from California and Jonathan Brodie from Virginia are currently with the city-based Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS).

“I will stay here at KISS for nine months and this is my first visit to Odisha, but today’s experience in Ekamra Walks was extraordinary and really enjoyed the company of other walkers to know the rich tradition, cultural ways and the unique Kalingan temple architecture,” said Brenda.

Jonathan termed today’s experience of Ekamra Walks as ‘extraordinary’.

“This is my first visit to India and also to Odisha, but I really enjoy my time here and will try to join more heritage walks during my stay here as the city is also having some other walks as I was informed,” he added.

Monika Setia, Regional Manager with the US-India Education Foundation, with the US Consulate in Hyderabad, said today’s experience after the Ekamra Walks in Old Bhubaneswar area was spiritually enlightening.

Monika was of the view that the heritage walk in real terms reflects the charm of the old world and the ancient Orissan art and architectural aspects in a nice way before the walkers, who are from different corners of India and world.

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