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09 September 2008

Woh Meethe Pal

I happened to find this abandoned cycle on my neighbor's terrace the other day. It brought back memories that I cherished. I still remember those days when DD National channel played the serial "Street Hawk" on Sundays. Ecstasy! I used to consider myself as "The Street Hawk!" In fact, I even used to ape the serial by riding my then cycle, a white colored "BSA Champ", in the most reckless style!

This recklessness never fetched me any thing is a different thing. The thrill, the speed, the air running fast through the hair! What else could a 10 year old ask for? This 10 year old in me is still alive, probably that's the reason why I call my bike the night rider and drive as fast as possible!

However, these days I am seeing a negative trend setting in. there is  hardly a kid in my area who rides a bicycle! All that I see around me are kids as young as 13-14 burning the road with the 2-wheelers that their parents use. I share the wall of my building compound with another family. The children there, who are almost half my age, if not more, are double in waist size than me!
Ridiculous! Are we as the present generation, or parents, or friends, or siblings failing somewhere? I guess it is high time we opened our eyes and took a reality check.

I guess it’s high time we all hit the roads and exercised. After all, isn’t it true that a country is at its best when its inhabitants are at their healthiest best?

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