Congratulations Yogesh on getting into the newpapers.
Quite true, however a better option would be to have them visit the trip log and photography section of BCMTouring, I quite sure they will be impressed by it all.Media can help bcmtouring spread good words. Media can make people believe what they want them to believe. I say for the next tour write a good article and get it published in HT City or something like that. I read an artricle on HT City about a guy on a trip to Narkanda (I guess, I do not remember completely) it was well written and I could see if 'aam junta' saw it, they would like biking.
Touring being the forum's strength, lets build on that and an articvel or two published in newspaper. I loved the article which Salil rode about his and manik's trip to Auli (and coincidence was me and vivek were returning from Auli when we heard two bikes scrapping foot pegs and we knew it was 'one of us' and stopped for general chit chat). But getting to more widely circulated media will get better image for us and better acceptability with parents and girlfriends!