i, THe biker
36 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 13,
Kilometers done (appox) : 1 lakh km (approx)
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Not passion , hobby or recreation... but religion.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
It has shown me the ultimate high of my life from the angle of motorcycling. It has also shown me the disastrous low and yet had instilled in me a certain level of stubborn grit ... which helped me out of a depressive transition of not being able to ride to back on the saddle again.
Life tested you severely and motorcycling helped you to fight back – tell us that story of courage and inspiration.
From brief 60km rides every sunday,occasional stunting,to being one of the core members of the first bullet club of Eastern India, i went on to next level - Long Trips ..to the giddy heights of Khardungla Pass -18380 feet. I was riding high.And it was then,life changed in form a horrific accident which broke my right Hemurius- the single bone connecting the shoulder to the elbow in two pieces. That was in 2007.It took me 4 years and 3 surgeries to get my arm working.At the same time i went through a huge upheaval in my personal life too. It use to hurt when i would see my friends riding out while i just sat and saw the horizon beckoning at me. And its that beckoning which instilled in me a grit and effort to get back just not on the saddle,but also to my life. I got myself a Thunderbird 500 two months back.The odo says 2000km +.:)
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life events involving motorcycles?
1.Definitely my ride to Ladakh from kolkata in 2006 was the most overwhelming experience of my life. The daily struggle of constant riding with fatigue, yet determined to reach our goal, taught me to fight my body with my mind. From the more or less predictable plains to the hostile high altitude routes, from a mere flat tire change to a facing a rock fall zone. It taught me 2 things.
Life is a one chance game so play hard but RESPECT it.
Never put a wet underwear on top of a switched on lampshade and forget about it. :P
2.The second moment would be the day when i got my first bike. A handsome looking Hero Honda (as it was then)CBZ. That changed everything.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I am an avid animal lover and mainly do my level best for the welfare of street dogs. I am able to do so because of the fierce support from my wife and a close knit circle of fiercely animal loving friends. Its my dream to make people more tolerant towards stray animals and street dogs. I an strongly against cruelty to animals and apart from general awareness on such issues, i would like to do something that would bring about some substantial and strong law for the safety of stray animals and street dogs.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
Best Things - Our country offers us a myriad and varied places,landscapes, destinations, multicultural scenarios, historical remains.everything that truly makes India united in diversity. From the shore lines of Kanyakumari in SOUTH, to the timeless sages - Himalaya in NORTH. From the essence of fine tea and haunting landscapes from the Queens of the Hill in East, to the exotic sea and desert combination of WEST. INDIA simply has to offer a rider a some of the most beautiful as well as dangerous routes to ride away to.
Worst thing - Hopelessly unruly traffic. Bad road conditions. Still haven't been able to provide separate lanes for heavy vehicles on highway. Rise of biker hooliganism which gives the whole fraternity a bad name. Licensing is done on a general basis and not on the basis of the kind of bike you are riding.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
A peace of mind where i am not thinking about my business, my liabilities, my E.M.I's, my Income tax. A peace of mind where i not someones employer, or son, or husband, or brother..... I am just me. Just me with the sun kissing my face, the wind flirting with me and my old friend.. the horizon... still beckoning at me. I am with friends. I am at peace. That's how i feel when i ride. And i thank God that he has got me back on the saddle again.