River Fording, B.I.M (Balls in mouth) and railway crossing were the three obstacles for Day 1. While railway crossing included driving down a slippery slope and climbing up, B.I.M was all about driving through slush pits up a zig-zag circuit trying to reach the top for a super flag. However, the highlight was trying to collect the super flag in River Fording. Imagine driving through a stream and trying to climb a steep bank to go close to the super flag. Only a few out of the 47 participants tried to reach it with only a few getting it. I had decided I will attempt to get the super flag no matter what! I was quick in fetching the first three flags, two of them by putting the hand out while driving past them and one through the passenger side by hanging onto the door.
My next target was the super flag and I manoeuvred the vehicle carefully without dislodging the cone. I knew I had three chances to get the flag, but only one mistake of running over it or the tapes at which point I would get disqualified. And so it began; 4X4 active check, second gear check, revs built check, dumped the clutch and bam! I pointed the Thar up in the direction of the flag. The next part required precision - just the right amount of momentum to help me reach it and the presence of mind to brake in time. Did that perfectly, but at that point, I realised that the hand brake didn't work. But I trusted the Thar and switched off the ignition with the second gear engaged. I took off the seat-belt, climbed out of the window on to the bonnet and reached out to the flag (all without touching the ground). I had made it! Then the bigger task was to get in and reverse the car without a spotter on the ground. A thrilling experience, altogether!