Single mom at 53 completes bike ride challenge
At 53, single mom Pintueli Gajjar takes motorcycle ride to Khardung La for TV show, oldest in group of 10 women. Their trip has been documented by UTV Bindass and the reality travel show, Vivel Active Fair Riders, will be telecast from November 25.tv Updated: Nov 15, 2011 15:37 IST
She’s been a single mother since 1988. But at 50, Pintueli Gajjar decided that she would quit everything to pursue things she loved. Now, the 53-year-old from Rajkot has returned from a bike ride that began in New Delhi and ended at what is rumoured to be the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La in Ladakh.
“There was so much I couldn’t do when I was young. I’m prioritising those things now,” says Gajjar, who suffers from arthritis and has weak knees. “I also have low blood pressure. Halfway through, I thought, ‘I’m 53, this is not a joke!’ But I had to do it.”
Gajjar was the oldest of the 10 women who undertook this challenge on 10 two-wheelers. Their trip has been documented by UTV Bindass and the reality travel show, Vivel Active Fair Riders, will be telecast from November 25. “I don’t know what we’ll look like,” says Gajjar, smiling about her first TV appearance. Maybe you’ll be offered to be part of the Bigg Boss house after this stint, we tell her, and she bursts out laughing, “No way, I can’t stand that show.”
The trained art teacher from JJ School of Arts is also passionate about wildlife conservation. Having quit working in a school, she now plans on incorporating the social cause with biking. “I take up projects at schools in villages that are around tiger reserves. I also teach women there so they can earn their livelihoods,” she says.
Her two daughters, meanwhile, are the proudest kids around. “They’ve always thought I was crazy. But I also come from a conservative family. Gujaratis don’t usually let their wives and daughters do this stuff. So it’s a big thing. But they’ve accepted it now,” she says, adding that some “Bawa friends taught her biking in college.” Without wasting time, Gajjar is now planning her next ride. “It’ll be along the coast, from the Bay of Bengal to Gujarat. You should come; it’s a different high altogether. I’m going to ride till I die on a bike.”