On a bike with a message

Sana Iqbal is on an expedition to raise awareness against suicide and depression

April 02, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:44 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM:

India is the safest country for women to realise their dreams even if it involves travelling all alone on the highways for long hours, says Sana Iqbal, a Hyderabad-based biker.—Photo: By Arrangement

India is the safest country for women to realise their dreams even if it involves travelling all alone on the highways for long hours, says Sana Iqbal, a Hyderabad-based biker.—Photo: By Arrangement

It was no mean feat for Sana Iqbal to fight a lonely battle against depression and channelise her negative emotions towards something constructive by putting the pieces together.

When Sana thought that there was no way she could escape, life took a new turn. And that’s when this Hyderabad-based biker started off a solo bike expedition to raise awareness against suicide and depression, riding her customised Royal Enfield Bullet from Goa from November last year. She has covered 61 cities, 11 States and five Union Territories till now.

She was here in the city on Friday to address students of Gayatri Vidya Parishad College for Degree and PG Courses, Rushikonda, in connection with the first ever country-wide expedition which will be wrapped up in three months. Her mission is to make happiness contagious.

Dealing with

negative emotions

“If I am not a happy person, how am I going to convince people on the dynamics of staying happy? The realisation dawned on me when I went on a ride for a while and understood how I missed out on the simple pleasures of life,” says the 28-year-old corporate trainer who is pursuing masters in psychology.

Though she started riding bikes when she was in Class VII, her hardcore adventures began much later and the solo journey includes sessions on handling a variety of issues faced by students.

Her Facebook page: Suicide is not the solution provides online solutions to students on dealing with their negative emotions. “It is surprising to note how the present generation is bothered much about trivial issues such as being obese and suffering from acne. If superstar Rajnikanth or veteran choreographer Saroj Khan were bothered about their physical appearance, they would not have been successful in their respective fields,” says Ms Sana who believes in spreading happiness theory and devising ways to replace negative emotions with positive thoughts.

Ms Sana says that India is the safest country for women to realise their dreams even if it involves travelling all alone on the highways for long hours. From Vizag, she intends to complete her expedition before her son Ali’s first birthday by heading to Bhubaneswar and North-East States.

Sana Iqbal is on a bike expedition to raise awareness against suicide and depression

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