Indore : “Bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart,” Iris Murdoch wrote in the novel ‘The Red and the Green’.
Hanging out with their best buddies, youngsters celebrated friendship day, with an early morning bicycle ride around the city, followed by recreational games organised by Deepak Sharma (DS) event management in Free Press compound on Sunday.
Riding without a care in the world, the event inspired early risers to take up cycling. “Cycling frees the soul and brings us back to living life and not just merely surviving,” Sharma said.
All the participants rejoiced as they pedalled around the city with their friends. “Childhood is the best time of our lives when we are carefree and that is exactly what cycling with friends feels like,” Sharma said.
He elaborated that the event had been organised to connect people with environment. “After all, environment is our true best friend that takes care of us throughout our lives,” Sharma said.
Bicycle ride was organised in three rounds with participation from people from all walks of life. Professional cyclists, who have won the title of being Indore randonneurs, participated in the first round.
Initiating their 156 km ride to Flames of Forest with their best buddies, group of cyclist rode around the city encouraging people to take up cycling. Cyclists rode from Free Press office to Rajwada in the first round and further, continued on their long ride.
When friendship is the foundation of a relationship
Talking about the importance of friendship in their life, businesswoman Abha Jajodiya said, “I feel friendship is the purest relation in this corrupted world.” She elaborated that most relations are based on fulfilment of needs, whereas friendship is solely depended on choice. “My best friend is my wife, Abha, who supports me in all my ventures,” businessman Priyank Jajodiya said. He explained that their bond is more a friendship bond than lovers.
Cycling made them best buddies
Sharing similar interests got them together and further the chain of fortunate events followed for these professional cyclists. “We met during marathon workouts and cross cycling training,” advocate Nitin Bhati said. He elaborated that they became close friends, as they both shared passion for cycling.
“After we discovered cycling, it became more than just workout routine and environment saviour, it became the best way of life,” Dr Jaikaran Yadav said. He added that cycling helps them stay happy and stress free. “Our friendship started from cycling and further, we also help each other in our professional lives and personal guidance,” he added.
Friendship is a magical healer
Second round of avid cyclists commenced from Free Press office to Chappan Dukan and back. “It is the magic of friendship that makes everything fun and celebratory,” student Atishay Jain said. He added that it was the best friendship day he ever had.
“Best part about life is friendship, in fact, it is very synonymous to life for most of us,” engineering student Harsh Pandit. He explained that friends stay forever. “Friends can heal us back to health even from the worst injuries of life,” he added.
cycling in the rain
Talking about their experience of cycling, student Swapnila Patni said, “At first, I was worried about how we can cycle when the roads are drenched with water.” However, it turned to be a beautiful experience to ride in the light drizzle.
“Whenever friends are together, everything is more fun, and so was cycling,” student Palash Bharjatiya said. He elaborated that rain added a nice touch, as it truly reminded him of how carefree and happy one can be. “Carefree childhood way of cycling was the best part of the event,” he added.
Rejuvenating with recreational games
Recreating childhood memories, traditional fun games were organised, after the ride, in Free Press compound. Participants challenged each other’s senses in ‘Aankh Micholi’.
“The greatest way to bond is through games with friends,” student Avani Kala said. With their busy schedules, most students are unable to play outdoor games. Sharing his experience, student Gaurav Roy quoted, “I feel rejuvenated by spending time outdoors, playing games and cycling around the city.” Traditional fun game of ‘Fire in the mountain’ was the main attraction in recreational activities.