Like Robert Frost, she took the road less travelled by and that has made all the difference.
Hailing from Hyderabad, 27-year-old Sana Iqbal has biked her way all by herself to 19 destinations in the past one month, conducting free seminars in various universities, colleges and high schools of Goa, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Patiala, among others. She was in Ludhiana on December 25 and is headed for Jalandhar next.
A student of psychology, she has been spreading the message of ‘How to be happy’ through her seminars. “Introduce an idea of alternative options for all. Let people know how they can help people in depression by realising that there is a possible solution to every problem in the world,” she says in one of her seminars.
How it all began
Sana’s life began a normal way. Eldest of the three daughters of parents who were advocates, she had a liberal upbringing. She was fond of riding bikes since her school days but could hardly muster the courage to go anywhere alone.
Sana fell in love and married at the age of 26. Within a year, she was facing problems which brought about a painful separation, leaving her emotionally strained with no clue how to move further on in life.
So, she got an insurance and told her family that she was going on a vacation and hit the highway on her bike instead, all prepared to end her life.
A series of strange things happened after that. Or so they seem so now. A kid happily waved at her. Another man, passing by in a car, gave her the thumbs up. Distracted for a moment, she reached a restaurant where a man congratulated her for riding a bike.
“He said to me, ‘…itni badi bullet chala rahi ho, badi baat hai. (It’s a big thing you’re riding a Bullet all by yourself),” says Sana, adding, “That was when I realised how ignorant I had been. I went on to Surat and got much love and appreciation there. People took me to meet their parents as well. That’s when I realised I wanted to do this for the rest of my life,” she says.
The road ahead
When she stepped out, she saw a ‘Sana’ in every other person and decided to be a guiding light for them. “My father passed away three years ago and my mother was unhappy with my decision of riding alone in the beginning. But I went against her to follow my dream and now she is proud of me,” she says.
She further says one should try and understand parents and not be too extreme. “Don’t throw tantrums. Go ahead and prove yourself. They will be proud of you. But also try and understand their point of view and their concerns. That’s the way to grow,” says Sana.