A year of being a Lady on a Bike - II!

As I completed my post on my biking musings, I started to remember some more musings with my bike, which I forgot to mention! So here comes the second part of that story, mostly incidents when I was mistaken for a guy!!!
Traffic police are excellent in the Madras city, and I’ve had a couple of instances when I’ve been stopped by them for regular checks. Once when I was riding in ECR, there were a few bikers already been stopped and checked, and so was I. I stopped took out my license and papers and handed it over to the policeman even before taking off my helmet. He looked at the license and looked up to my face so drastically. I lifted my helmet visor peacefully and looked at him. He said, “Oh, sorry. Gents’nnu nenachenga (I thought you were a man)”. I just smiled and he gave back my license and I whizzed away!
Once in a secluded road (as such, it was just a small lane perpendicular to a busy city road), I was stopped by 3 transgenders. One of them demanded money and I just lifted my helmet visor and said “I am a gal”. The lady (i.e. transgender), now had a much softer voice and asked sweetly if I could give them some money. I kept this ‘paavam’ face (kind of an ‘innocent’ reaction), and another transgender beside, just let me go!

Can’t help it, but kids are grown up with this idea that boys ride bike and girls ride scooter! Once a little boy came over to my place and the boy’s mom, a family friend, was enquiring me about my bike’s performance etc and we had a casual chat, while the boy kept looking at me & my bike. Later on as they were leaving, the little boy enquired his mom, in his nascent pre-kg English, ‘Is she boys or girls’??? Errr... 
I’ve already told you about my severe love-hate relationship with autos, in the prev. post. Somewhere near Nungambakkam, there was this auto guy who took a wide u-turn inspite of seeing me speeding in the very direction. I hit a hard brake and yelled (No, I don’t use bad words) at him. The auto driver who was first having an apologetic face, turned furious as soon as I lifted my visor! He has no issues if a biker yells at him, provided he’s a male biker!!!
I’ve told you I’ve fallen a lot when I started riding. One of my falls has to be mentioned here. It took place hardly half a km from my home! The road there turns left and right again in another 100m. There was this lady on a scooty riding ahead of me, pretty slow, as if she was searching for some address. Both of us where to the left of the road, as per traffic rules. Suddenly exactly at the left turning, this lady, without any indication took a right! Yeah, she had spotted the shop she was searching, at her right. No right indicator, or hand, nothing! I was just behind her, ready to take the left turn as the road is, by default. I wouldn’t have minded to hit her and then stop my vehicle – but then there was a little 3-5 yr old girl, standing in that scooty in front of that lady. A little scratch also, to that little girl would have made me the villain, no matter whose fault was it! My vehicle was in left inertia when I turned the handle to the right fiercely, plus hit both the brakes. Ofcourse that calls for a fall and I skidded and had a nice gash on my knee, elbow and palm!!! People did come running to help me out and to shout at that lady, for not indicating. Soon after this I called up my bro/friend/colleague who taught me biking and his first question was ‘What happened to the bike???’. Ah, a true biker!!!!!

P.S: Entered on Indiblogger Power 1 Biker Code of India Contest by Castrol Biking.

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

19 comments:

  1. Hi busha

    nice experiences faced by you when riding a motor bike

    thanks for sharing

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  2. another interesting post :) For the last instance you mentioned, Roads are full of Idiots!

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    1. Thanks! So true, roads are filled with idiots!!!

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  3. Quite interesting. Incidentally have you chosen not to visit the blogs of others.

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    1. Thanks... And no, just coming over to visit your blog... :)

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  4. enjoyed your post as well the incidents you mentioned. very infectious writing. I know a lot of girls who want to ride a bike but never have the courage to do that. You are amazing. Great & all the best.
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    1. Thanks Rajnish... Glad you liked my post & writing style!!! :)

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  5. all the best and loved the post :)

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  6. Brilliant stuff!
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  7. Nice post one more :) just a suggestion: Y U NO try some road trips n write about the good parts of riding too? There's so much win in riding in a pack to like pondy or mahabs..it aint that far. would love to read on that........


    Keep rolling

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    1. Thanks Rishabh... Gotta try that soon... Thanks for the suggestion as well!!! Cheers... :)

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  8. You look great with the bike, keep biking..abd graduate to bullet, belive me its ultimate and I own one

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  9. You look great with the bike. Graduate to a bullet, believe me its ultimate for I own one

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    1. Thanks Sudhir... :)
      Hoping to ride a bullet soon!!! :)

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