India has truly become a motorcyclist country. But not long ago, the scooter ruled this place.
Scooter – A two-wheeler with the gear shift on the left hand and a brake at your right foot. The wheels are small. More unstable than a motorcycle, but with a larger carrying capacity.
Built to carry the Saree laden Indian ladies and mothers.
Our scooter was the LML Vespa. I learnt to drive a geared 2-wheeler on the scooter. I loved it.
As a Kid, I loved to get on the scooter with dad. So here are a few fun things for small kids.
Things to-do on the scooter
1 ) Firstly kids can stand on the front of the scooter, in the small platform between the handle and the seat. You have the wind in your face and placing your hands on the handle (next to dad’s) will give you a sense of control.
Sometimes you do get a chance to control the throttle. Dad was liberal in giving me access on a clear stretch of the road.
2) At the same place, instead of standing, now the kid tries to sit. Not literally though, you duck your head below the handle and suddenly the road is almost rushing right next to your head.
You are almost transported to another dimension, cut off the from the traffic noise, the oncoming vehicles. I felt that I was in my own moving space-ship with wide windows to my sides.
3) Sitting behind the driver. But in reverse or Back-to-Back. This view of the world is indeed strange.
This was my favorite. I could not help but have a stupid grin on my face whenever I was facing the commuters following our scooter. The scooter goes North while I almost “feel” that I’m going South.
This is very entertaining for the kid and amusing to other adults who are following the scooter in their vehicles. Of course, it is also inspiring for other kids.
Sadly, this is no longer a common sight. The motorcycles/bikes have almost replaced the scooter. Bajaj chetak is now replaced by the Bajaj Pulsar. I miss seeing kids having a ball, sitting back-to-back with their fathers.
For parents with young children – Please try to find a scooter around your homes and let them have the ride of their life. I’m sure it is not an impossible task to borrow a scooter.
Every kid deserves a scooter ride!