Sonia Jain is a Rider by passion, Traveller by nature, Marketing Manager by profession and Journalist by education. She has been riding for 8 years now and has traveled the length and breadth of the country on a motorcycle both independently as well as professionally. Her dream is to travel the world on two wheels and explore all that comes on her way.
Q1. Tell us about your lifestyle as a biker.
Honestly I don’t understand this terminology. I believe it’s a lifestyle like any other! I am a biker because I appreciate everything about machines/ automobiles specifically BIKES. I am passionate about what I do; The ‘Biking World’ has its own ideology. Our world reflects strong, passionate, creative, intelligent and stylish set of people. And I guess that’s the lifestyle I believe in as a person and as a biker.
Q2. What are the two things you did right that brought you where you are today?
I can’t particularly point a finger at anything specific. But I stuck it out. I knew what I wanted to do and got after it with full gusto, sometimes gracefully and sometimes not 🙂 I remained focused.
Q3. If you had to write a headline of your journey what would it be?
Just ride with it!
Q4. How have you remained so passionate with all the struggles that come by ones way?
All of us go through ups and downs in our respective lives. We also get affected by them. I have been blessed to have a great family and have an amazing set of friends who are my stress busters.
When you are passionate and believe in something/ anything so strongly it works as your strength and pulls you up to make you a stronger and better person. That’s exactly how I have felt about my sport. My passion keeps me happy, healthy and focused towards things that matter in life.
Q5. Did society make you feel you are a woman first and then a professional?
I am a feminist and believe that women and men are at par with each other. Also, I’m an individual who interacts with all kinds of people from different societies. This can be seen across work places too where men have more responsible and important decision making jobs than women. We are and have been living in a patriarchal set up. I’m not saying that it’s not changing but the pace is slow. I’m hopeful that it would. There are a lot of young women like me who have spoken up with our actions to change mindsets and break the stereotypes. Honestly, it’s fun to swap seats :). I am glad that I’m taken seriously as a professional. I still have a long way to go and I feel humbled.
Q6. Negativity? How did you deal with it and what kind of learning did you get from it?
By nature, I’m a very positive person. I’m extremely easy going and adjust in any space quite comfortably. That’s one of the things that is imperative for any biker since we travel to unknown places where there is no certainty of even basic amenities. I like to keep things simple. If I feel any negative energy or vibes around me that could disturb my growth and stability I gracefully pause that chapter. I go with my gut and so far it has worked well for me.
Q7. What do you think youngsters need, what would accelerate them to live their dreams?
The youth of our nation are fiercely independent, have a mind of their own and are not afraid to express themselves. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, ‘Live your passion and follow your heart’.