” I ride to gather stories.
Stories that I can share with my family. My friends. My loved one.
Stories which will make us smile.
Stories which will give us hope.
Stories which will make us dream.
Stories which will be cherished throughout our lifetime. “
I remember watching some science fiction with my brother back in my school days and yeah the thought of growing up to become a crazy scientist hatched in my mind. And then there was father who would take me to music classes on sundays and looking at MJ’s photo on the wall of the institute, for sure, I wanted to be a musician! Then there were days when I wanted to be my MAHI( assamese term for maternal aunt) and have a baby. Stupid I know! You see, I wanted to be so many things back then which apparently I am not. I had this funny school mate of mine, Christina, who wanted to grow up to own a jeep and travel round the world. And my brother who wanted to be a traffic police! Like, you got me, haven’t you? Everybody had/ has their own bucket of dreams, that’s right!
So, what happens to the dreams when we grow up? My brother isn’t a traffic police now nor does Christina owns a jeep! I don’t have a fantasy of being a scientist either! Ha Ha! But I tell you, some people dream with their eyes open and they dare to live them. Today’s ‘IAndAThing’ inspiration is one such dreamer who held on to his dreams tight enough to grow up not only to live them but also to be an inspiration for many youngsters- PARAKRAM HAZARIKA of the ‘MOTORCYCLETALES’.
When he quoted- “We Assamese boys start quite early! I still remember that me and my friends got our driving license when we were only 16 years old! “, I couldn’t help but agree because yeah that’s how Assam is! Full of early risers and lots of talents! He mentions-
“I used to see my uncle on his beautiful Royal Enfield Bullet, wearing his aviator glasses, twirling his moustache… and I knew I had to ride a motorcycle when I grow up.
During our high school days, we boys used to bunk our classes and ride down to Shillong. And guess what, we didn’t have fancy motorcycles and I had an old Vespa Select. Few cool batchmates had Pulsar’s and CBZ’s. I tried my best to catch up with my classic scooter!
And we never looked back!”
On asking him the reason behind his passion for bike rides, he says that it for him, is a sense of freedom. The feeling of wilderness, the adreanaline kick, that’s what he longs to live for and that’s what takes him places.
“On a motorcycle, I run away from life and its complicated responsibilities. And while doing that I end up exploring new places, meeting new people, hearing new tales and making new friends. Most importantly experiencing a moment which will be treasured for life.”
Talking of hearing new tales, I think that’s what I love too. I like to read a lot about people’s experiences and their stories. So, Mister Biker we have something in common 😉 .
Parakram started his bike venture MOTORCYCLETALES back in October, 2015 in New Delhi, India, where he shares inspiring travel stories. And after having this brain child of his, more and more rides followed to meet a lot new riders, hear their stories and share them with the community of 28k( Man! That’s a big number there!). By the way, the name of his Royal enfield beast is JAJABOR, an assamese term for traveller. It is all about creating new roads to new destinations and the courage to follow the path created. It is to dematerialise the boundaries. It is to fly high and dream big!
This humble lad still considers himself a newbie in the biking world and thinks of him as the ‘Amateur clueless rider who rides to explore new places and gather lots of stories.’ He has rode to as cold and high as the Spiti valley in the north to as hot as the deserts of Rajasthan. Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Nagaland, Leh- Ladakh, Bhutan, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya- all these have been covered on his Jajabor. But as per him the best ride of his till date was the ride from New Delhi to Arunachal Pradesh, last year, to be a part of the enigmatic Ziro Music Festival– a ride which he wanted to do for four years!
Being a communications professional, he was lucky to be working with a motorcycle brand for about 5 and a half years. And after moving out of the agency life, he knew that he had to do choose a job to be closer to the motorcycles. That’s when EagleRider gave him an opportunity to ‘Ride to Earn’ and there has been no looking back since then.
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FACEBOOK PAGE: MOTORCYCLETALES
INSTAGRAM HANDLE: @motorcycletales
To all the bikers, Parakram has one thing to say- “I believe we all need to work towards our passion and one day it will happen.” He adds “This 2017, ride and explore more. Ride responsibly and share new stories of the road, make new friends. ”
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I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the below statements from people that I have met:
“I want to be a painter, but my parents want me to study engineering”. “I’m an architect because my dad wanted me to be, but I always wanted to be a photographer”. “I want to be a musician but there is so much competition. I don’t know if I will ever be able to earn my living through music.” I am sure you must have heard these too.
It’s never too late to start working on your dreams. It’s difficult when your work comes in the way of your passion. But find out a way of living your dreams. Don’t let fear be your choice; go for confidence. Don’t follow the road just ’cause it’s safe. Step into the storm once and you’ll never regret it!
Live your dreams. Life’s just once!