GANGTOK (SIKKIM) : P G Tenzing, the Kerala-cadre IAS officer who quit his job to go on a 25,320-km motorcycle ride across India, died of cancer in his hometown Gangtok on Monday. He was 46.Tenzing studied at Delhi University. He was in the Kerala cadre of the Indian Administrative Service for twenty years. His colleagues said of him, as he embarked on his adventures: 'Philosopher, eccentric, drinking companion, fitness freak, party animal, secret workaholic, visiting professor, reluctant officer, successful hotelier and great friend of
Tenzing, who joined the civil service at the age of 22, opted for voluntary retirement in 2007. The former higher education secretary of Kerala then bought a green 350 cc Enfield Thunderbird, strapped on it a rucksack that contained three pairs of clothes, a few thousand rupees, an ID and ATM cards, and went on a nine-month road trip.
Kickstarting what he called his "karmic journey" from Thiruvananthapuram, Tenzing rode across states, making quick roadside friends, observing the quirks and quiddities of people and places and revisiting the cities he had worked in in the past.