Devaprakash R Shampur of Tumkur, Karnataka possesses an antique passport issued to his late father Shampur Ramachandraiya by the British Indian Empire on Nov 21, 1931 in Bengaluru. It is the oldest passport issued to the first Indian tradesman who used it to travel around the world. His route was from Madras to Ceylon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines and San Francisco by ship; then by car to New York; again by ship to London, then London to Karachi by air, stopping at Cairo and Baghdad.
People who travelled abroad in that era were mostly well-known personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, Swami Vivekananda and Tata for political, religious, business purposes or studies but in the case of Ramachandraiya all his overseas trips were purely for pleasure.