First Gear

Our plan to buy a bike for me ended up at the Bajaj Show Room situated just a few kilometers away from our house.  We were shown two types of bikes, one is 100 cc and other is 125 cc for our budget.  After several confusion and discussion we zeroed in the 100 cc bike, which finally fit our pocket.  We paid advance for the bike to be delivered in two days.  I was expecting the day eagerly.
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We received a call from the showroom that our bike was ready for delivery.  We were asked to bring the balance amount particularly.  That day I took leave from office.  At the show room, after paying the balance amount, there were some documents work done.  After about half an hour we were shown the Bajaj Discover 100 cc bike colored in light green with gold, a brand new two wheeler was ready to ride.  Oh! the there was a problem, I didn't know driving.  How could I take my bike home? 

I never learned driving before and even after college, I hired (preferred) public bus drivers to take me wherever I went.  I even hired train drivers to wander around the city.  I had no chance for learning driving.   And particularly I was just scared to drive a gear bike as I thought there were lot of steps (clutching, gear changing) involved which made me to be away from gear bikes.

Fortunately, I took my neighbour to take bike home.  He helped me to take the bike from the showroom to home.  There lied the bike in the parking area for a few days.  I learnt the theoretical part of starting, riding and stopping the bike before I ventured out with my bike.  I took help from a two wheeler mechanic to learn biking.  I was struggling with the starting problem.  Every time after putting the first gear, I had no good relationship with the clutch.  I was very uncomfortable with reliving the clutch after the first gear.  I either didn't relive the clutch and give enough throttle in time or relived the clutch before giving enough gas. Both made the bike either stopped or not at all moved.  After a few days, I learned properly to start or to stop.  I had one more lesson, between start and stop, Riding, I needed to have enough ride especially in the traffic.

One evening, after office, I took my bike on the road.   After a few kilometers, somehow unwillingly the bike took me to the busy road, the bike was riding very smoothly and at the speed I didn't wan,t until the time I was hit by an auto, the auto driver scolded me (for his mistake). I was disappointed at that time.  After that I chose to practice in the early morning.  I almost took a month to take my bike on the road to my office. Finally I learnt the bike riding completely, now I have this habit of overtaking vehicles on the very busy roads in the city.


Abraham Lincoln

When he was so young, he had more interest to read books but since his father couldn’t afford things because of his low income Abraham was unable to buy books.  So he walks distances to borrow books from those living in urban areas.

One day he’d borrowed a book about the biography of George Washington.  He was so interested in the book that stimulated him to read the book fully at one go.  But since the lamp ran out of oil, the light was dimming and he couldn’t complete reading the book.  So, he kept the book on the roof of the home and went to sleep.

Next day, he found his book was so wet because of the rain last night.  He informed this to the owner of the book.  The owner got angry and wanted him to pay for the book else to work in his farm for three days for the compensation.  Lincoln couldn’t pay for it so he worked in his farm.  After working three days, the book was entitled to him, Lincoln cried after he owned the book.  This is one of the incidents that made him to become the President of America later.


Moliere - French author of sophisticated comedies (1622-1673)

One day Moliere was talking to his friend, ‘I loved a girl very much; she was so beautiful; she used to speak intelligently; she always had smiling face; suddenly one day everything was gone’

His friend asked, ‘why? What happened?’

Moliere replied, ‘I got married to her’.


George Bernard Shaw

One day George Bernard Shaw was caught in the heavy rain.  He hurried to the nearby building and knocked the door.  But the person, who was inside the building refused to open the door.

“I’m Bernard Shaw! Open the door”, said Shaw.

That person burst into laugh and said, “Here in, there are 20 people were saying that they were Bernard Shaw, you’re the 21st; go inside” and he opened the door.

Only after entering the building, Shaw realized that it was a Mental Hospital.  



We all know that the Jupiter is the biggest planet in the Sun family.  Scientists say that once in 83 years, it comes near to the Earth.  Before that, it was said to have come close to the Earth in 1954.  It was about 59 million kilometers distance from the Earth at that time.  It is believed that it will come again near to the Earth in 2034!  Are you ready?


Charlie Chaplin - English comedian and film maker (1889-1977)

In London, in the middle of poverty, everyone was suffering from the disease of hungriness. Henna, the mother of Charlie Chaplin got a chance to sing in a bar after trying too hard, many times in many bars. She was young, good looking and a very good singer before when Charlie Chaplin was born. But poverty had sucked her youth and left her so weak. That day, she with her son, Charlie, went to the bar to sing.

After getting on the stage, she was unable to sing well. Her voice was stumbled. She burst in to tears. The bar was crowded at that time. And everyone shouted against her to go out. The bar manager scolded her when she got down the stage. To everyone’s surprise, the six years old boy, Charlie suddenly got on the stage. No one knew what he thought. Everyone in the bar was staring at him and thinking what he was going to do. Charlie started singing the song, his mother taught him and he danced by waving his legs and hands. The surprised crowd was enlightened and the bar was filled with claps. That was the first time Charlie entertained the people.

Everyone threw the coins on the stage. Charlie stopped singing and started collecting the coins. The crowd laughed at his action. Some people shouted at him to sing. Charlie told them to wait as he was collecting the coins and was unable to sing along. Henna, ran towards him with her eyes filled in tears, hugged and kissed him. Charlie relived himself from her hands and acted just like her inability to sing. The crowd applauded for that also. That’s when he started his career of acting.


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