sumonto (ronnie) mukherjee
i, THe biker
28 Year Old
No. of Years of riding motorcycles : 10,
Kilometers done (appox) : 156000
For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?
it is the ultimate expression of freedom for me.
How has motorcycling changed you and your life?
it is a humbling experience to be the smallest vehicle on the highway. riding takes care of all the adrenaline rush and is a different high altogether.
Life tested you severely and motorcycling helped you to fight back – tell us that story of courage and inspiration.
last year, 2012, i was diagnosed with about 60% paralysis of the left leg. this was caused by two slipped discs due to excessive riding over the years. it left me bed ridden for sometime. then i had to go under the knife to rectify it in may. i was told that i wouldn't be able to walk for a month, i was walking in 2 weeks; was told i couldn't ride for a year, i was out on the highway in october.
the only thing that kept me going through this tough times was the thought and sight of my lonely motorcycle parked.
Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life events involving motorcycles?
it wa during my first ride to leh in 2004, when we had a friend go off the hill near keylong. it was the worst moment in all my years of motorcycling.
when i started riding after my surgery last year, it was like getting a new lease of life.
As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?
i have recently made a career switch from being a corporate architect to a free spirited full time rider. now i am working with a reputed organized motorcycle touring company and i am riding for a living. its a dream come true for any biker.
i wish to continue on the same lines in the future, maybe launch a start upon the same lines in the near future.
What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?
to experience the best thing about being a biker in india, hit the highway and see people awestruck at the sight of a dude actually conjouring up enough balls to be riding the indian highways.u get people walk up to you in dhabas enquiring about the motorcycle and the works.. kind of, makes you feeel like someone really special.
the worst thing about biking in india is the utter lack of respect and discipline for and by the bikers. we are treated as nobodys on the highway and also in the city. and the new pack of brats with bikes are killing the whole scene with wannabe fashion and stunts.
Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?
invincible. lord of the road.