Ever happened to be at the right place at just the right moment? It was a sunny Sunday afternoon of March in Kolkata and in search of some shade, we sneaked into a ground where a bunch of children were playing a cricket match. We made ourselves comfortable under a tree while we watched and cheered for the third-man who showed some excellent fielding skills.
Suddenly at some distance a magnificent sight caught our attention – 3 very young bikers were going in line while doing what we call a Perfect Wheelie ! We ran towards them and observed the bikers while they relayed from one corner of the ground to another with a new stunt each time. We were spellbound by the grace of these prodigies and how they made those dangerous stunts look so easy.
This is a small glimpse of our star – Charles, The Infinity Biker as he likes to call himself.
It is funny how one learns the most unfathomable virtues of life from the most unexpected people at the most unexpected places. We talked to Charles for a few minutes to take a glimpse into his life and I could not help noticing the passion and aggression in his seemingly calm eyes. We were dumbstruck when he told us that he learnt all these stunts by watching YouTube videos and he felt absolutely no pride in that. He talked about his achievements and his shows as a matter of fact as if every child of his age can do it.
A few excerpts from the talk we had with him:
How old are you Charles?
And what do you do?
I study in class 7 and the rest you just saw (laughs).
ince when are you doing these stunts? And do you do it professionally or just as a hobby?
I am doing it for the last 3 years now. It is a hobby but we do go for some shows organised by Red Bull etc.
So where did you get your training from?
From YouTube. We observe the tutorial and international videos of bike stunts on the internet and try to copy them here every evening. We are group of 3-4 children (points to his friends) who help and guide each other. This is where we get our training.
That’s just awesome. And what are the plans for your future?
(Chuckles) No plans of future right now. That is very far. Right now there is just practice and school.
So this was what made our day. Hope it does the same to you. Although we wished him luck while leaving but we knew that he didn’t need luck. Instead we thanked him heartily to teach us the true meaning of passion.