Something that has always caught my attention is the amount of people or boys in particular that have bikes in Nepal. In my view I think its become a custom for an average 16 year old to recieve a bike post-SLC examinations. This trend has also been fuelled by the lack of structure in public transport. College students often find it ”embarassing” to travel by tempo and buses. Bikes for the boys, Scooty’s for girls. Media has always been game in promoting these speed machines, check out Newspapers, magazines – there’ll be atleast one bike advertisement on it. Many parents are hesitant in gifting these speed demons since they are the centre of many outrageous accidents in the nation. Yes, bikes are time efficient when needing to get from A-B in Kathmandu traffic however it cannot be denied that this is also one dangerous mode of transport.
I dreamt of having that red Karizma bike or the Pulsar one where the ad showed the bike landing alongside one of those fighter planes but it was not meant to be. If your a biker out there, what do you have?