London, Feb 4 : A British businessman is planning to walk from England to India without using money, relying on the goodwill of people along the way or offering his labour and friendship in return for food and water.
Former organic food company boss Mark Boyle, from Bristol in western England, aims to end up at Mahatma Gandhi's birthplace on India's West Coast to prove the kindness of humanity.
The 28-year-old man, who belongs to the Freeconomy movement, which wants to get rid of money altogether, will carry just a few T-shirts, an extra pair of sandals, sunscreen, a knife and one bandage.
He is asking people who spot him on his odyssey to make an entry on his blog.
The 9,000-mile pilgrimage to Porbandar, which he reckons will take him about two and a half years, will take him across Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Boyle explained his motives for the trip and revealed his inspiration for the pilgrimage.
"So why am I walking without money? Inspired by Bapu, I want my life to be my message. We can always talk the talk, but in order to really effect change we have to be shining lights and start walking the walk, though obviously not quite so literally," The Sun quoted Boyle, as stating on his blog.
"For 28 years I've been part of a world where money means security. That's 28 years of knowing where my next meal is going to come from, 28 years of knowing I can have a roof over my head but it's also been 28 years of insecurity, fear, complacency and non-momentary living.
"And a long period of not understanding the essential law of the nature of this world.
"I will start writing a new chapter in my life. From this point on I endeavour to never touch money again. A strong claim I know and one that seems unrealistic at best. And one I am sure I'll be lambasted for if I fail and probably even get criticised for if I succeed," he added.
Planning to walk between 15 and 45 miles a day, Boyle will start the mission this week.