World Bicycle Day: Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya opens up on her childhood cycling adventures - Hindustan Times

World Bicycle Day: Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya opens up on her childhood cycling adventures

ByAkash Bhatnagar
Jun 03, 2024 09:48 AM IST

On World Bicycle Day today, actor Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya opens up on her childhood memories of cycling and how it led to a passion for motorbikes

Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya loves her wheels, and it all started with her first stint of learning to ride a bicycle in childhood. On World Bicycle Day today, the actor shares, “I learnt cycling in 3rd standard on the hilly slopes of Bhopal. It was all trial and error for me and my cousin. The first time I achieved my balance, I was so amazed that in ecstasy I fell and hurt myself. That’s when I got my first life lesson from my parents that 'girte hain sher sawar hi maidan-e-jung mein'.”

Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya on World Bicycle Day
Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya on World Bicycle Day

The 39-year-old insists that some of her sweetest childhood memories are associated with her adventures on a bicycle. “My best memories are from the school summer holidays when I used to cycle down to my papa's medical store to assist him. On one hand, I used to get praise from his friends for helping him out, and on the other hand, I would sneakily swipe off my favourite chocolates from the shelf. Before I could get adept in the craft, thankfully I was caught well in time. So as to not get banned from the shop and to be able to continue my cycling adventures, I amended my ways and became an honest assistant to my father,” she gushes.

The adventures of Dahiya on bicycles didn’t end in childhood as she recalls quite a unique incident that happened to her in adulthood. “Once I was cycling back home from a shoot location. A patch of steep ascending road became too difficult for me to continue but before I could stop and catch a breath, a few admirers on scooters and cars spotted me. To avoid a jam, I continued pedaling with a polite smile while my legs were begging for a break. That day on reaching home, when I could barely walk with spasmed thighs, I felt like an achiever for very odd reasons,” she smiles.

While Dahiya loves her time on a bicycle, she asserts that it’s cycling that introduced her to another love of her life—motorcycles. “Thanks to cycling, I am a passionate motorbike rider today. My teenage cycling adventures helped me switch to a gear-less bike during my college years and that eventually gave me the courage to learn motorcycle riding last year,” she ends.

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