October 30, 2009
4am on a Sunday morning. With only the coffee-wallas for company, 36 Bullets assemble on Bangalore’s MG Road for the launch of Road Veda. By the time the sky is beginning to turn a slightly lighter shade of black, the bikes are zooming down the highway, engines a-thump and headlights ablaze. After a right hand turn onto a small village road, the red-glowing sun appears just at the edge of the horizon and suddenly it is light and it is morning.
At the top of the huge boulder that is Ramadevarabetta – Ramadevara hill – the sun glances off the pockets of mist that shroud the jungle-boulder landscape below.
In the early morning sun the riders cross over to the curving lanes that encircle Kanva Reservoir, drinking in the scenery as the road crosses over rivers, through banana plantations and up and down lanes arched with bright green palm trees.
Emerging out of the lush greens of the reservoir, another huge boulder appears up ahead guiding the riders through a maze of criss-crossing paths.
Past the silk cocoon screens
and perigrine sheep
and finally onto Magadi Road and back to Bangalore.
A long lazy brunch at Opus brings the ride and the day to a close.
To check when the next ride is and to find out more about Road Veda, go to www.roadveda.com
Road Veda would like to thank:
Ramanan Subramani – Jaalasthaana-chitrakaara
Murtu Lokhandwala – Bhaachitraka and Caturcakra-sampaadaka
Varun Sharma – Prasiddhi-aakhyaayaka
Meghna Khanna – Prasiddhi-sahaayaa
Kabir and Puja Bhasin – Dvichakra-sampaadakau
Chandan Chandrashekhar – Dvichakra-sampaadaka