amit kumar mallick
i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 7,
Kilometers done (appox) : 100000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
If motorcycling is a religion I am a big theist, the feel of the roaring engine is nothing less than the feel of what you get while flying a chopper. Profession made me love weapons but then long back my heart had surrendered to the romance of a 2 wheeled beauty. Highway is were my soul wanders and petrol is what I love to smell.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Motorcycling has to do a lot in my life, right from my childhood I dreamt of owning a bike and that is what pushed me excell in my career so that I could earn and own a beauty to rule the road. Motorcycling brings in you a sense of independence and well being. It enrichens you with motivation, discipline and builds your character.and that is why I owe a lot to this art.
Life tested you severely and motorcycling helped you to fight back – tell us that story of courage and inspiration.
Weapons and bikes are my passionate possession. Always wanted to have a feel of power. Every journey of mine had taught me lessons big or small. Can relate many of journey instance were I overcomed all the difficulties and reached my destiny to the day today happenings of life. The self motivation and determination that I imbibed on my rides helped me a lot when I was on wheel chair for a year after mumbai attacks when even doctors gave up my soul didnot because I wanted to have that joy of riding through the snowy mountains, the beaches, the woods and more importantly to discover myself. Miracle stuck me god paid me for not giving up and here I am riding and riding long.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life events involving motorcycles?
The solo ride to kanyakumari overcoming all the adverse conditions which included pathetic roads, crying wallet and most importantly the notorious downpour of kerala just to have that lovely rakhi tied on my wrist in the beautiful sunrise of lands end, a ride that will be always closer to my heart and another memorable ride is my ride to munsiyari, ride which makes me a proud man, before this ride I was perhaps a novice in hill rides but on my first attempt only I took on the mighty himalayas. This ride taught me a lot, I learned quite a few tricks n trades of this art. The feel of snow on the face in those risky roads was something exotic.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
To be honest havent really contributed as a biker much but then as a soldier I guess I dont need to write. But then was a part of quite a few rides for social awareness and relief rides are perhaps the best I can quote.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
If you ask a soldier about the cons of his country then perhaps its a wrong directed missile. India is a countrywith so many ethnic, lingual and traditional didiversities. It has so much to offer with every ride of a mole. You witness everything right from snow, mountains, desert, beaches and almost everything that you wish for. What more does a rider want and the only con I can find out is the road conditions but then they too have improved so cannot complain really.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
This question is like askin sachin the feel of laying his hands on the worldcup or perhaps askin a poet about his poetry. I dont think I have had any better feeling then the feel of vrooming your soul. This is were I discover myself, were I unwind my soul, feel like a king with his empire reigning till the horizon.