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On My Way – Rotrods (Video)

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”

Rotrods Anniversary ride. Pune to Goa (564 KM).

Shot on GoPro. March 2015

Featured in Pune Sakal Times – April 5 2015

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Putting Passion over Profession

Quitting a well paying, stable job to travel is considered to be a foolish move by many.

Do I regret it?

Not one bit. Yes, what I am slightly worried about is my changed perspective about life in general.

I just got back from a trip that involved covering 10000km across India on a motorcycle.  Needless to say, the trip was amazing! I met so many interesting people, tried food that I had never tasted, discovered places that I never knew existed! It was an experience of a lifetime.

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Off roading in Satkosia Tiger Reserve, Angul (Orissa)
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Family away from home. Love this bunch 🙂 #EastSideEagles.

I had a close call on the trip which made me realize that life can be taken away in an instant and how we take it for granted. The long rides on this trip obviously gave me a lot of time to think and introspect about life and all the decisions that define it. It’s just so disturbing to realize that we are all caught up in a gridlock of social norms that tell us how we need to function.  A ridiculous predefined structure that tells us, right from the very beginning, to plan our future well in advance.

I am not against this idea, in fact it’s a good thing. There is nothing better than some amount of certainty of where one is heading. But don’t we all tend to take this a little too far? We are all so caught up in planning our future that we tend to ignore the present.  I know so many people who want to pursue their passion but are too afraid to face the consequences if things go wrong.

I know it’s tough, I’ve been there. The day I quit my job was probably the longest day of my life. I had everything planned, and it was going really well – the promotions, salary hikes and everything. I never thought I would be the one who would quit a job in a single day without any idea or plan about the future.

But I did it and I really don’t know why. After about 6 hours of freaking out about the crazy decision that I took, I was content with it, and I still am. It was for the best.

Again, I am not encouraging people to quit their jobs and I am definitely not claiming that I have figured everything out and that I now know the purpose of my existence.

All I am trying to say is that when you are about to die and your life flashes by you, do you want visuals of your work desk, board meetings and your colleagues? Or do you want vibrant visuals of beautiful places that you’ve been to and the quality time that you spent with people that you love?

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Vibrant skies en route Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
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Scenic dirt track, Vizag, AP
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Clear Sky, Horsely Hills

There is so much to see in this world, so many new things to experience, so many breath-taking places to discover, so many things to learn, but there is so little time.

So, live your life. Take chances. Be crazy. Don’t wait. Because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll be ever again.

And in the end you will only regret the chances you didn’t take…

I don’t know if this careless attitude about life will get me anywhere. But for now, I am happy here 🙂

Meet Pegasus

She’s a firecracker. She’s an incorrigible teenager, but also has tendency to be a sassy old lady at times. An attention seeker, she is loud and demanding, determined and loyal, obstinate and argumentative. But most importantly she is adventurous and always up for the challenge.

With every mile under your wheel, the more close to you I feel.

50,000 km and still going strong. Here’s to many more to come 🙂

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“The first time you ride an Enfield, you are fucked for life!”

Unlike many other Royal Enfield enthusiasts, the first time I rode an Enfield was when I was in 11th grade. The memory is still fresh in my mind; I was anxious and didn’t want to show my friend as he trusted me with the beast. It took 5 whole minutes and around 10 kicks to bring the engine to life. I shifted to first gear and there was no looking back…

Often referred to as an ‘Organic’ motorcycle by loyalists, Royal Enfield is well known for its legacy and history. The Bullet, a 1948 model of the Royal Enfield, has the longest production run of any motorcycle in the world. The Indian Army has been using this motorcycle for over 50 years in the harshest terrains, what more credibility can one asks for?

In a country like India where every corner seems to manifest an astonishing new aspect of the unpredictable kaleidoscopic wonders, no other motorcycle allows for a greater interaction with the surroundings. Be it an unannounced procession in full color or a thunderous waterfall; or just a traffic gridlock on the highway, the motorcycle becomes a part of you. Besides, how else can a sore butt, bloodshot eyes and shaky arms be borne with a sense of accomplishment? What else would make people stare with jealousy or admiration as you pass?

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The beauty, simplicity and class that exist in older things somehow seem to lack in the things of today. “Terribly outdated design” was a tag given to my motorcycle by many when I bought it. But there are many others like me, who are in awe of the protruding engine, the loud thump and the classic vintage curves. These are the very same people who will forever remain loyal with the brand and would be ever ready to argue it out when it comes to who really ‘rules the road’.

To conclude, there are not many people who would love these motorcycles, but who really do have formed a cult of their own. Robust design and high capacity engines complimented with classic vintage looks makes this motorcycle a clear favorite among the motorcycling travelers of the country. 

Taking detours is always a good idea.

Yes, you might end up in the middle of nowhere with a punctured tyre. Rocks, water, pebbles, muck, you might end up calling anything under your tyres, road. However, what is almost always certain is that you will find yourself amidst beautiful, unfamiliar lands with breath-taking scenery.

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Sticking to main roads and highways will definitely get you to your destination safe and sound. But it won’t give you something to take back from the trip.

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Bottom line, if you see a mysterious and interesting looking route, take the risk and go for it! You never know what is out there and trust me it will be totally worth it.

 

Discovering freedom… everyday

There are only a few moments in my long boring day that I am truly free and it’s when I’m on my motorcycle. The machine speaks to me as I sit on it. It rids me of my worries, sorrows and pain. I’ve been conflicted and trapped within my mind. It beats and my heart reciprocates.

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Whether it be the cold of the night or the slur of the monsoon or the summer heat, it moves me.

I feel free with it and it frees me of all the unnecessary contemplation, shaking off those nagging, depressing and disturbing thoughts. What will become of my life? Am i doing the right thing? Are they worth it? All these fucking thoughts take a backseat when i ride my baby.

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I enjoy every moment of it, its just me and the road. Ode to thee my machine, upon you I find peace and with you I am free.

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