By Dielle DSouza for BigRush
Bums On The Saddle (BOTS) began in 2006 when Rohan Kini and his best pal Nikhil Eldurkar decided they wanted to spread their joy of cycling. In a few years, the business grew to include three stores – one in Pune and two in Bangalore, a fast-spreading riding community and lots of rider events.Back when they began, the riding community in India was very nascent and most bicycle manufacturers and retailers simply sold products with the aim of making a sale. Through BOTS, Kini and Eldurkar changed the outlook and offered a more passionate rider purchase experience.
They host rides every week, service equipment and organise talks related to cycling. Their approach has helped many riders look at biking from a different perspective.
To read more about how BOTS has helped change cycling in India, visit RED BULL
By Paro Ray for BigRush
Skiing in Gulmarg, Kashmir recently combined the thrill of alpine sports, towering mountains and a unique cultural experience. The sport itself is a wonderful stress buster as you fly over the cold powder as if in the clouds.
My childhood centred around India’s plains and skiing was alien back then. I had my first tryst with it during university in the US. After a painful evening, I vowed to never return to the slopes, but found myself back at it bright and early the following morning. I have never looked back since. My husband, an avid skier from childhood, was equally awed by the big mountain experience in Kashmir.
In Gulmarg, the opportunities in the backcountry are ample for all levels of skiers, with a safety net provided by Ski Patrol and delicious interruptions in the form of Kashmiri tea and biryani.
Read more on why Paro Ray believes Gulmarg is ideal for skiers on RED BULL