Raima Samui Sarkar
i, THe biker
20 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 9,
Kilometers done (appox) : 150,000
For you as a woman, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Many people ride two-wheelers for commuting purpose. I do not consider them motorcyclists in anyway!
For me, I think, a motorcyclist is, who rides his/her motorcycle with undying passion for the Ride!
The term, "motorcyclist" needs no gender-based definition. A female motorcyclist is no different than a male counterpart.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Since 2011, motorcycling changed my life upside down. It was 2011, when I went on my first biking trip. I felt the joy of riding, the feelings of freedom that a motorcyclist gets while on ride! Biking got into my DNA like it was meant to happen.
After some time, I realized in my state (West Bengal) female motorcyclists are very rare to find, and male-dominated motorcycling communities always think, women cannot ride, it's a ridicule to them.
This is why I built my own female motorcycling community in Bengal; it is known as "Bengal Lady Biker". We are the only lady motorcycling community in Bengal to encourage all lady motorcyclists in my state.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in motorcycling?
I think motorcycling is an adventure, and there is always danger and risk in adventures!
Of course, a motorcyclist should always wear all safety gears while riding. I do the same while on ride!
For me, the joy of riding overcomes my fear of dangers and risks involved in motorcycling!
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?
Two most memorable incidents, as far as I can remember are...
1. I met my future-husband in my first motorcycling trip (2011) who happened to be a motorcyclist of his own type.
2. I went to a sea-beach (Mandarmani, West Bengal) with my lady biking community (Bengal Lady Biker) as our first biking trip. We were the first female motorcyclists to visit that place. For us, it was a good start for many long trips ahead!
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
I participated in All India Human Rights rally, Times of India Female Motorcyclists' Rally, Wheels United (all Bengal motorcyclists' brotherhood rally).
I do participate in any social/brotherhood ride whenever I am invited, and I am willing to do so in future.
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcyclist, especially a female motorcyclist, in India?
Best Things: I found my 'new life' while motorcycling. Got my own female motorcyclists' community to explore incredibly wonderful India.
Worst Things: Majority of the people still think " a woman cannot ride ". People still stare at me whenever they see me riding my motorcycle. These outdated people need to grow UP!
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
Feelings cannot be explained in words, but I will try! Sense of freedom, feelings of joy, feelings of being invincible; like nothing else matters but just the Ride! These are few of the feelings I feel while I ride, and it seems like I can never get enough of them no matter how many rides I make. I will keep riding as long as I am alive, as long as I am able to.