i, THe biker
38 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 20,
Kilometers done (appox) : Not less than 5,00,000
For you as a woman, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
In India, a woman riding a motorcycle is not very common yet and in my state Assam it is very rare to see a woman riding a geared motorcycle. It feels good to do something different from the rest. Of course the advantage of being independent is always there for me. My motorcycle plays an important role in helping me to fulfill my responsibilities as a family person and also as a working woman. I love traveling and exploring new places and being a motorcyclist I feel blessed that I could travel to any places I wish to visit, on my own.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
Riding a motorcycle on the highway is not an easy task. When I started going on riding expeditions on highways along with male riders or solo, it instantly gave me a new confidence which kept me going even in difficult terrains. I learnt to leave all my negative thoughts behind and look ahead to a beautiful experience. While riding the motorcycle the experience made me feel special about myself.
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in motorcycling?
I love a life full of thrill, adventure, and excitement and motorcycling gives me just the kind of life I have always wanted. But prevention is always better than cure!! I feel that a rider should always keep in mind that riding is not a race to win at the highway. If one is not in a race course then one should ride with ease and patience, so that every ride is completed safely and smoothly. No doubt, danger and risk are there in every step in our life. But we should always be careful while riding and always use proper safety gears which can save others as well our own lives and time.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?
*1. Saved my husband’s life while he had an accident with his bike and fractured mainly his right hand. There was hardly anyone around to give us a helping hand on that night. I took him to the doctor immediately by riding the same motorcycle and made him pillion. My riding practice helped me to save a precious life on time.
*2. The 1st woman from my region (Assam) to visit another country riding on a motorcycle and covering the ‘longest distance’. 1st female rider of India to win the ‘Best Supportive Woman Rider’ award, the only award for the female category of ‘5th Enfield Poker Run 2013’ held in Nepal, an International bullet riders’ meet.
I was accompanied by my husband and our 09 year old daughter on another bullet. It was like a dream come true and for me a great achievement in my 20 long years of riding experience.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
It is quite inspiring that a lady rides a motorcycle, although it is believed that bullets are difficult to be handled by women. I feel that I have brought in confidence in many women who dreamt of being riders but weren’t confident enough to fulfill that dream. The uncommon always attracts people and being a female rider makes me stand apart, and so I can pass on a good message to the society fairly easily.
I intend to serve this society and my country in my own humble way. I wish to open a riding/driving training center particularly for ladies. Unemployed women can take up driving as their career and earn a living for their family. Also it can help them to ride and drive farming vehicles at farms or paddy fields in rural areas to support their family. A wealthy and healthy society will lead to a wealthy and prosperous nation.
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcyclist, especially a female motorcyclist, in India?
* Best part is that a female motorcyclist gets more attention on road while riding. I have seen people looking at me with amazement and cheering for me. That makes me feel special and gives me untold happiness. I never need to run in hurry to catch a public transport, I can save money on fuel. I don’t need to experience the ordeal of getting pushed by public in a crowded bus and neither do I have to experience those stinking summer sweat.
Using two wheelers is the safest and convenient mode of transport for a lady to reach college or at workplace, because molestation cases have become quite common in public taxis, auto-rickshaws, trains, buses etc. Motorcycles hardly get stuck in traffic which helps a rider to save time and reach the destination easily.
*I have not experienced the worst as yet.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
When I ride I feel like I am back into my teenage. Riding keeps me young at heart, keeps me happy. I forget all my worries. It feels as if I have left the world behind me and that I am at the top of the world.