amit kumar mallick
i, THe biker
25 Year Old
No. of Years : 7,
Kilometers done (appox) : 100000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
Being a motorcyclist means a lot to me, I feel privileged that I am born to a superior genomic species called homo sapiens, who are the luckiest one who could generate that intimacy with those magic machines called "BIKES". Destined to sail by fate, but then highway is the place where I belong to, where my soul wanders. The power of 25 horses beneath you is something that even the great emperor Akbar could have never imagined, this is why i feel proud to be a modern generation motorcyclist, this advent of humans have created a different scenario of travel, it's just not a transport, it is a way of life, this is what runs through my veins and what my heart pumps, the feel of saline fresh air even couldn't quench my thirst for adrenaline but then the smell of tarmac does.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Motorcycling has played quite a big share of role in my life, it influenced me and my life in many ways. The highway teaches you a lot, this is where i lost my adolescence and imbibed the art of maturity and I am a grown up man now, beside my profession( Armed forces) this is a way of life for me, this is where i acquired the traits, It inculcates in you the art of self motivation and the spirit of never say die attitude, the thirst of acquiring an extra mile while your body is almost numb is the attitude that helped me a lot in my profession. It made me strong and adaptive the way i always wanted to be.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in long distance touring on motorcycles?
"NO PAIN, NO GAIN", Rightly said by who ever it was, but then it is a universal fact. you can die even while sitting a cup of coffee at home and even the smallest of ants could prove fatal to you, then why not live life with out the fear of loosing something, "who dares wins". until you go out and hit the road you wont be leaded to heavens that are stationed pretty far from human reach, you got to take risk to experience what god has to offer us.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable motorcycle tours?
Have many memorable rides till date but then there are 2 rides which would be always close to my heart, "Rakhi ride- solo to kanyakumari" & "Thumping my way to heaven- munsiyari". The rakhi ride is quite a special ride for me because i never had a blood sister of mine but then there was one who was more than that, it was quite a bit of time since i met her and almost a decade since we were together on a raksha bandhan, that point of time it was the peak season of heavy down pour, my wallet was crying and most importantly those pathetic road, still overcome all of them to finally feel the sunrise and sunset with my lovely sister on that auspicious day. Another ride which would be in my memory forever is my ride to munsiyari, before this ride i was perhaps a novice in hill ride, but then this soldier took on the himalayas on its first attem
As a motorcycle tourer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
Never got enough opportunity to contribute to the society as a motorcyclist but then it's my profession to contribute to the society, we help maintain peace and discipline in the country, protect them from intuders, was a part of many a rally for good humanitarian purpose recently being the one for the uttarakhand relief, where i was quite a active member, previously had many rides to the hills to reach out the people living in distant unknown places and help provide education and manyy other essentials, but then will keep the good work going even after i retire from my profession.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle touring in India?
Every other thing that exist in life has pros and cons, same way when it comes to motorcycle touring in India it has its own sweet pro's and cons, being a patriot and a devotee of mother India the pro's in my mind will outnumber the cons,With diverse landscapes and ethnic groups, a rich history and delicious cuisine, India is an intoxicating cultural experience for any traveller and a real feast for the senses! you have so much to discover with every mile you do, but then I hardly find any cons, perhaps the conditions of roads and the traffic jams are the only one which is quite negligible as compared to what this beautiful land offers you.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
Even the epic Mahabharata and Ramayana would seem petty if i start writing about my feelings for my ride and my motorcycle, The gush of that adrenaline, the wave of that joy and the broadened smile while on the saddle would narrate the story of a biker's feeling, Happy or sad, angry or low what ever it is i need to ride to break all those shackles to discover the real me, this is where i unwind my soul, the feel of the roaring engine is something which you can relate to the feel sachin gets in his straight drive. perhaps the best feeling on this world.