Once Upon a Bicycle


Yesterday I was having dinner & reminiscing about our childhood days with a childhood friend of mine. After coming back home and as I lay on my bed, I was feeling nostalgic of the good old, carefree days we had.  The memories pulled me back down the memory lane.

One of such memories was of riding a bicycle. The first bicycle I ever rode was a BSA Ladybird. It was handed down to me by my elder sister. I learnt to ride a bicycle quite late as compared to the other kids of my neighbourhood. I was scared to try learning to ride it because I worried too much about falling and getting hurt, which would then lead to injections (which I dread even today!). My lil’ sister learned to ride a bicycle before me!!! Finally when I was in the VIII standard I made up my mind to learn it. I did not take much time to learn and when I finally managed to ride the bicycle all by myself, without any help, I realized the fun I was missing. 😀

Back in those days, we used to go to school either in rickshaws or school buses or rode bicycles. The first two options were mainly for the kids before they could ride bicycles in the roads all by themselves. Soon I too joined the cycle gang to school. :)In many occasions when Dad could not pick up my little sister from school I used to give her a ride on my cycle. When she was the one who enjoyed throughout the ride, swaying her legs a little every now and then, I was the one who had to slog hard to pull the weight of both of us. 🙂 But then I too had enjoyed these kinds of rides when my elder sister was the one to slog it out! 😛

Once the summer/winter vacation started I and a cycling friend of mine used to go for cycling sessions early in the morning. We passed by the early risers out for a morning walk. We cycled and reached the embankments of Brahmaputra, enjoyed the morning fresh air and chirping of trees and then again cycled our way back home.

In those days, the best part of knowing to ride a cycle was that you could go anywhere without having to spend your pocket money. All you needed was the permission of the parents to go! It gave us a feeling of freedom & adulthood. It was like, “I get to do something on my own now”.

Yesterday while thinking of the days gone, I realized that the last time I cycled was in the year 2002. It has been more than a decade now. Wow! Time sure flies away…..

Nothing compares with the simple pleasure of a bike ride

~ John F. Kennedy

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My Bucket List

 “There is fun to be done” ~ Dr Seuss

Everybody makes / has a list of things they want to do in their lifetime. This is when the bucket list comes in. It’s the answer to the question,” If I were to die tomorrow, what would be the biggest thing I would regret that I didn’t do”? But then, anyone can make a Bucket List anytime– you don’t have to be at the threshold of your life to create one.

I too have a bucket list which I amend as and when I achieve one or want to add one item more, as time goes by. So friends, here comes my list of things (in no particular order) to do before i kick the bucket:

  1. Learn to bake a sponge cake ,or for that matter, any type of a yummmy cake.
  2. Learn swimming so that next time I see the splashing waves, I am able to go and swim (in a nice bikini maybe :P) rather than standing in the shore.
  3. Learn to put eyeliner/mascara and for that matter every other kind of make-up and also wear some sky high heels. I want to look good like everyone else and so I guess I need to learn it ASAP. After reading innumerable blogs on fashion and makeup, I realized reading is not going to help me, I need to start putting all that info into some action.
  4. Travel as many places in India and experience all the flavours each has has to offer. Kashmir is in the topmost position of my list. Obviously, I want to travel to other beautiful countries also, but then my country is in my top list.
  5. Learn to dance.
  6. Send a message in a bottle (that’s the filmy me 😛 )
  7. Kiss in the rain (that’s the romantic me…..*blush blush*)
  8. Learn French (its in the list since my school days I have been reading Malory Towers by Enid Blyton)
  9. Collect as many books of all the writers I love and have a mixed personal library.
  10. Go scuba diving and experience marine life up close.
  11. Go to a casino and gamble the night away.
  12. Shop at least 1 item of clothing from all the designers I love (I wonder when I will earn that much).
  13. Watch an aurora borealis….(man, I am desperate for this one).
  14. Would want to do 1 memorable thing for each one of my loved ones.
  15. Do 1 thing of charity which will actually make a difference in someone’s life
  16. Experience a perfect sunrise and a sunset in a most romantic backdrop.
  17. To go on a road trip (Ladakh is a destination I have in mind :))
  18. Pack my bags and set off for a random location with no itinerary planned at all (have to gather all my guts for this one).
  19. Learn knitting (for no particular reason… mee…:))
  20. Throw a mega party for the few special ones in my life and all the food being cooked by me….(that wud be one hell of a task!!)
  21. Experience snow fall….i would love to touch and feel snow for once in my life.
  22. Would love to lie down in some grassy plains and spend the day just like dat or maybe reading my favorite book.
  23. Watch cherry blossoms in Japan.
  24. Want to live a happy and contented life. I may not have the riches of the world, but I want to be able to embrace and enjoy life as it comes to me.

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally wornout, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow – What a ride!!’.”