The bike riding circuit is restricted to few cities in India. But slowly it is spreading to other regions. Indore is one such city. Indore is famous as the mini Mumbai of India and is a commercial hub in its own right. It is the largest and the most populous state of India. One young girl is the flag bearer for the bike riders in Indore. Meet Minakshi Thakur a software techie from Indore, who codes for a living and rides for a passion.
“I choose my own path, because I know myself better than anybody else”
Where you are from and what do you do?
I am a software techie, based out of Indore. Earlier I was working in Infosys, Bangalore as a technology analyst and recently shifted to Surtel Technologies in Indore. Coding is my profession, riding is what I do! 🙂
When did you start riding?
To be frank, about six months back, when I came back from Tokyo, I brought by my bull (RE Thunderbird 350). And I had no clue how to ride, because I never had a solo ride before. In my childhood days, my father used to have Bullet, which we refurbished a few months back. I always sat on the back and wondered when could I be able to ride it.
This was just a dream, until I realized I had an opportunity to turn them into reality.
Also you always have that one crazy friend who s always in for your crazy decisions. Out of 100 no’s if I have one yes, then no need to think twice.
So finally one fine day, I gathered all my courage and ordered one for myself. Then I started learning with the help of my father and brother, who supported my dream and one day, it finally happened. I was riding it solo on my way to office.
Why a Bullet?
The sound of Royal Enfield had always attracted me, right from the start. It was decided then only that I will be having one for myself one day. And I really love my decision. This bike has everything that you would want when you wanna go for a ride. It has become a part of me now.
The second reason – I wanted to break the thinking that gal’s limitations are salwar kurta, saree, kitchen, marriage and kids…
How is it being a girl rider in your city?
It’s kinda scary at first. I mean, there are thousands of eyes watching you, waiting for you to make a mistake, so that they can take a laugh at it. But, when you get used to it and stop making mistakes, you realize it’s the coolest thing around. People appreciate being a girl rider and I really enjoy this respect!
How were the family reactions?
Parents are over-protective and mine are no exception. They warned me, threw tantrums, tried talking me out of this, but finally they agreed. My mom is still skeptical of sitting behind me, but that’s how moms are supposed to be, right! There were few doubts in the start, but now I think my family members have accepted my decision and they don’t have a problem with it anymore.
Any long trips solo or otherwise?
So far, I have made it from Bangalore to Indore via Hubbali, Pune and Shirdi. All of this along with my bull and reached Indore in a single piece! 🙂
It was a four day trip and a close to 1600 km ride. When I started from Bangalore, it was a normal ride and I reached Hubbali by the evening, stopping, hopping, enjoying my whole ride. Next day, it was a different terrain, but I reached Pune by afternoon to enjoy some quality time with my friends there. The ride was an equal fun. But its the third day that I realized the tiredness catching up on me. I hadn’t slept well since two days and this ride to Shirdi was a great challenge. Anyhow I made it to Shirdi on time and spent rest of my evening visiting places Shirdi is famous for. Everything was going well so far, but god had other plans for me.
The next morning when I set out for Indore, the final destination, it started raining heavily. I stopped and waited for rain to stop or at least slow down a bit. I had to make it back home early, because it was the start of Navratra and my family members were waiting for me. After waiting for some time, i realized it isn’t going to slow down. I started with my journey. It was raining cats and dogs and I was somehow stubborn on making home on time. It was this final ride that made me explore my patience and determination level.
Atta girl! That’s the way to go! The first hurdle is always the biggest and if you get over it, it’s mostly smooth sailing. Here’s wishing you many more happy rides in the future!