The sound of a bike, the smell of petrol and cars zipping across roads can be feminine, says Vaneeta Kang, the mother of a 12-year-old. The 38-year-old motorist, who drives to off-beat places and leads convoys, has wheeled four rallies, two expeditions and been a part of Raid De Himalayas. Her drives throughout the nation have covered snow drives, nature drives, isolated locations like Spiti, Leh-Ladakh, Rajasthan and even down south.
The only woman member of Gerrari Offroaders says, “Motor sports had always been my passion. I was the only girl who used to ride a bike in the 1990s during my college days. I did not know how to drive a car. I learnt it on my own around 10 years ago when my husband was hospitalized. I used to have difficulties with back-gear then. But now I can ride on any terrain.”
Today, Kang’s journeys sees people from all over joining her as she redefines holidays. “These days holidays are limited to shopping and hotels. Instead it should be quality time with family with no connectivity to the outer world. That is when we talk and share our stories with our family. I wish to bring in the concept of warm family outings,” she says.
Kang went on to say, “Motor rides are not supposed to be for women. Many people said I could make it till here just because I am a girl. These factors often demoralize many girls whom I want to tell that they should keep working. People will talk for sometime and once you reach your destination, the same people will acknowledge your success.”
She added, “Women put themselves and their passions on the backseat after marriage. We all have a passion we should pursue with full strength. Women often use their feminism as a shield rather than a source of strength. They need to come out of their comfort zones and be examples for others. Our children will not remember us if we leave behind big properties for them. They would talk about us if we leave behind memories, and I am creating memories for my family.”