i, THe biker
24 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 5,
Kilometers done (appox) : 55,000appox
For you as a woman, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
my mom wanted me to learn bicycle when i was in class 6, she tried hard but failed because i was always nervous and tensed...but when the passion of motorbike instigated me, withinn 2days i was on the busy traffic road struggling to reach my new college on Cbz Extreme,my friend's bike. passion for bikes let me to believe in myself..that i can. i just needed to fly out of my boring and failed life which my motorbike have done it. i meet with several bad accidents including breaking of my collar bone & getting treatment after 3days....nothing was there to stop me.
i live for my bike. basically i love to go for long adventurous ride...which gives meaning to my freedom of life...
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
before i was in into biking i never had confidence, not even to talk to my teacher or principle i use to stammer....i use imitate my friends who were good in studies and other activities. i never use to wear jeans except slawar suites. now. first time when i made a record at Limca book of records 2011 because YhAI motorbiking trip to Delhi-Manali-Leh, Khardungla -Kargil-Delhi i was 19 and that happened to be my first long bike trip, i was full of confidence...i started doing stunts with fire,snakes in front of big crowds.....i now dont stammer instead it was my 3rd trip to Leh, Siachen Base Camp, my own organized motorbike trip...telegraph, hundustan times and a lot more bengali daily local paper covered it.i use to go for my dance classes was a part of "trying to be like them".....is now over,now the opposite happens........
How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in motorcycling?
there is no place on earth that is safe.....but living ones life to the fullest till one die is the best part of it! but of course one should not take unnecessary risk knowingly...but always be prepare for the worst...
in a highway or place at Leh if the bike gets stuck because of engine or something about piston God will help,i never mean not taking risks! no risk..no gain...i try to understand the nerve of my motorbike, trust me till today it have never stopped loving me or never had put me to a situation where i couldn't make out a favorable situation....
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?
1st incident was crossing the zozila pass on 2010, we had to cross it at night because we were not safe if we would ride at the morning...the roads were horrible and of course the bitterness of cold and i never enjoy riding after dark, but we had had to. I dont know how but we enjoyed and was thrilled by the whole ride and crossed the pass successfully.
the other incident that always come into mind was that one day while i was riding back home i came across 1 motorbike with 3guys without helmets trying to seed up and overtake me and was taunting me, i really want them to make a accident and that is how they will come to know the precious life. within few mints i overtook them in a turn and suddenly i heard bang!i saw they tried to do wheely and three of them were on the road, one got fractures and others deep cut.i felt so bad for them.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
as a motorcyclist and as well as a Sociologist Mphil student at Jadavpur University, i was doing an exploratory research on Motorcycle subculture specially in contrast to the mainstream culture where i interviewed a lot many new and old motorcyclists both racers and cruisers,some chennai track motorcycle racers to learn about their culture....even i tried to take care of the distinct harley davidson biker culture and their attitude towards the society.
how much a motorcyclist both a woman and men contribute towards the society is very negligible according to the mainstream culture and it is also many a time considered as punk and deviant culture...but these youth are the tomorrow as Che-Guevara has contributed towards the society.
being a student of sociology i put forward the ideologies of technofeminism related to the female bikers...
What are the best and the worst things about being a motorcyclist, especially a female motorcyclist, in India?
at winters when i am riding late at night fully covered, traffic guards to do their duty stop me for my bike details, i am absolutely fine with it....its their duty but as soon as they find out my gender they release me without checking my id which is irritating and i feel ashamed of being a woman in front of the other male bikers, as they always comment the we, the female are at a advantageous position in every walks of life....i demand for a equal participation, to me this also a gender discrimination. this has happened not once but several times.
taunting and other disturbance is now normalized since every day i ride mim. 90kms....
Best part a lot of dad's on way i have encourage their school going girls child to be like me, trust it makes me proud and of course my parents they are glad to see me riding, that's how i fly......
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
i live for riding. riding to me is the freedom to fly at any extent. this is the only way i do justice to my self and my choice of being happy is only through my motorcycle. this is the only place i bust my anger, i cry and i laugh out loud. this is the only way be being happy. my ride signifies my tattoo of an Arc Angel on my right leg. it signifies my love for flying. and i fly with the help of my bike. freedom the exact word why i choose to ride.