This evening I was having a walk in our society & saw someone flit across the road in a flash. And in the far distance I saw a daring bicycle rider riding speeding across hazardous obstacles such like drains ditches and rubble heaps.

I am so glad I had my camera with me and I took  a vantage position. Here’s what I got.

That’s him

He’s got to jump across all 8 steps

Airborne – made it

Later I had a chat with Gautam and came to know he  is a national ranking bicycle rider and was in a practice session. He leaves in 3 days to participate in the international downhill Mountain Biking Championship being held at Kathmandu, Nepal. Promises to be very exciting for the bikers going through hazards and steep downhill descent and jumps. Last year Gautam came 5th among all the participants.

Watching Gautam in action felt how admirable that these guys love to play with danger. Guess they have guts of steel coupled with lightening reactions. Now do join me in wishing young Gautam loads of luck in the forthcoming championship 🙂

“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use”  ~ Charles M. Schulz



About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

30 responses »

  1. girish says:

    Best of luck to Gautam .

    The beginning of every big thing is small. I believe that he will surely get his instincts turned into reality.


    Girish kohli


  2. Rashmi Haswani says:

    all the best to gautam.!!
    i just wish he din’t have his helmet in one of the pictures…he would be a celebrity by now 😉 😛


  3. Kashif Khan says:

    Best of luck Gautam. These photographs are amazing and kind of inspiring too.


  4. pdhillon says:

    Also your photography is amazing.


  5. pdhillon says:

    All the very best Gautam, Kudos! to you buddy. Sir you in yourself are an inspiration to all of us and I love reading your inspirational blogs. They most of the time – make my day. 🙂


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hey Poonam nice of you to wish Gautam. ये सब तो गौतम का कमाल है और कॅमेरा का भी खेळ है … मेरा कुच्ह भी नही 🙂

      And BTW let me congratulate you on getting a nice job which I am know is very well deserved. Wish you a great future.



  6. brar ajaib singh says:

    I am glad to learn that whole lot of friends have liked and shared their views. surely their good wishes will go a long way to boost the morale of our young friend gautam. named after great budha GAUTAMA THE BUDHA. Life is very simple. Ity is a joyful dance. It is a reward, and it is given only to those who have earned it. so it is our right to enjoy. It will ber sinful if we dont enjoy, will be against the existence if we don!t beautify it. let us make it little happier, little more beautiful, a little more fragrant. gautam is doing the same in his own way. all of us were in flow as while we were children. geetha has explained beautifully about the flow of life meaning that you are connected with your harra, your centre(innerself). let us get ionto life and not stand aloof from it. The whole human history upto now has been work oriented. Let it be play oriented. when life is a play a new childhood, a new festivity is born and then the whole life becomes a ceremony. let us live life fully playfully laughing and loving and enjoy the lovely gift we have earned after thousands of lives.with warm regards.ajay.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Well said Ajay and kudos to Geetha for appreciation and adding an interesting dimension through the concept of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Csíkszentmihályi. It surely makes a perfect fit.

      So when we see someone doing acts of courage and daring in a good sort of way the source of their inspiration is deep within them. Thanks Geetha.

      Thanks Ajay for your interest.

      Kind regards.


  7. Smits says:

    ” How Others see you is not important ,,,,,How you see yourself is means everything”

    Cheers !!!
    Smits 🙂


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hey Smits,

      Great to see you stopping by. Yes your comments will surely boost the young man. Its really his greatness and not much my novice photography.
      Thanks & regards & best of luck too. 🙂


  8. Smits says:

    ” There cant be a better tomorrow if u cant move on from today ” 🙂 🙂
    Gautam, let everyone know that today u are a lot stronger than u were yesterday 🙂

    All The Very Best Gautam 🙂 And Cum back to India with FLYING COLORS Dude 🙂

    Sir, I must say he is a Superb rider….And u are a Fantastic Photographer 🙂

    Cheers !!!
    Smits 🙂


  9. dilipnaidu says:

    Great insight – yes truly such acts are performed at the point of – The Present Moment. And so a high state of meditation.

    Well said! Thanks


  10. brar ajaib singh says:

    Ha ha ha. thanks a lot for quick and nice reply. As we are aware that all complexities are man made. Simplicity is a divine. It is not manufactured: it is simply here. We just have to open our eyes, our sensitivity, receptivity, and allow it to touch our hearts. to enter into our being. This spirited and dare devil act is in fact a meditation where this young man is fully aware and is deeply connected inside as one body,mind and soul. with warm regards.ajay


    • Geetha says:

      Dear Sir,

      I love your comment here about Gautam being in a meditative state. In fact, I can’t help feeling that both Gautam and Dilip Sir have been in a state of ‘flow’ here. Superb pictures of a superb act! And best wishes to Gautam!
      In his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csíkszentmihályi outlines his theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow— a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter (Csikszentmihalyi,1990). The idea of flow is identical to the feeling of being in the zone or in the groove. The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing. This is a feeling everyone has at times, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill—and during which temporal concerns (time, food, ego-self, etc.) are typically ignored.[8]
      In an interview with Wired magazine, Csíkszentmihályi described flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”[9]
      To achieve a flow state, a balance must be struck between the challenge of the task and the skill of the performer. If the task is too easy or too difficult, flow cannot occur. Both skill level and challenge level must be matched and high; if skill and challenge are low and matched, then apathy results.[7]
      The flow state also implies a kind of focused attention, and indeed, it has been noted that mindfulness, meditation, yoga, the Alexander Technique, and martial arts seem to improve a person’s capacity for flow. Among other benefits, all of these activities train and improve attention.
      Thanks and regards,


  11. brar ajaib singh says:

    wow. thanks for a breathtaking snaps of gautama in mid air. Infact I saw him going all the way in great speed hopping and jumping through the open space in front of my house. later I too had a little chat with him. after congratulating him I asked him whether he is doing it with permission from his parents. jokingly he asked me if I had given permission to my son arjun who used to do such trick on a dirt bike. He is a dare devil and very confident of what he is doing. I am sure he will do very well and wish him the very best in the next competition. Life is a great gift and we must allow our inner hidden talent to blossom like any great flower.


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Ajay what you say has an echo in the quote above by Schulz “Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use”. You are right credit has to be given to the parents who allow their children to follow their passion. And yes Gautam’s counter question on how you allowing Arjun was smart 🙂 Yeah he too was quite a spirited young man.

      Ha Ha now I know how the tag ‘Death Wish’ is seen on your SUV.


  12. Margie says:

    How cool you caught sight of him, photographed him working his bike magic, AND chatted with him too!


    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh yes this spirited young man was doing his practice rounds in the Community where we live 🙂 Thanks for appreciating.


  13. I too send good luck wishes to Gautama. Your photos are very evocative of the event you saw, especially the one where you catch him mid air. Brilliant!


    • Dilip says:

      Your comments are always refreshing and I am glad you appreciate the mid-air pic of Gautam. For an amateur like me it is encouraging.

      Many thanks for your visit,


  14. Ayan says:

    Hi Sir..

    Nice photography 🙂

    — AyaN (Balurghat)


  15. Dear Sir,


    The snaps on the post are just marvelous. Specially the one where you have caught Mr. Gautam in midair, where he is coming down the steps.

    I am a die hard adventure sports fan.Looking forward to Gautams performance in kathmandu.. 🙂


    • Dilip says:

      Great to hear from you Dheeman. Glad to know you are an adventure sports fan too. Yeah he on his cycle jumped all the 8 steps in one go 🙂
      Thanks and take care.


  16. amira says:

    good luck to Gautam. It’s very daring of him.
    I love adventure and would definitely would want to give that a try 😉

    good on ya for catching him in action 🙂


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