By Kaushalendra Singh -
SOME women enjoy quiet conversations and then there are those who want to laugh with the winds. The former sit pretty in offices and houses performing variety of roles cut out for women from policy makers and bureaucrats to housewives. The latter pick up their motorbikes and ride into horizon, crushing miles along the way.
Nashwa al Kindi, 27, a customer service executive with a telecom company, loves to swallow long miles that come in her way. She is a regular feature cruising down Sultan Qaboos highway, turning many onlooker heads in her stylish Yamaha V- Star 650 Classic motorbike.
A true ‘biker chic’ Nashwa bought her motorbike only a year ago. Since then she has not looked back, riding her bike across Muscat. She has also joined the Oman Classic Bikers Club, where she has met many other local bikers who share her passion of motor bikes.
Born and brought up in Oman, Nashwa passed out from high school and studied English and computer basics. A simple person by nature, she values respect, honesty and loyalty.
She feels proud to be an achiever in a man’s world and says with all confidence that the women can be achievers if they just put their mind and heart to it. “Nothing is impossible! Do not let any one tell you that you can’t do …. Determination and time management is the important,” says Nashwa who never leaves anything to chance.
When asked about the factors responsible for helping her reach the position today, Nashwa gives ‘commitment’ full marks and says, “strong will, courage and most loving is what I do, I do regardless of what others say.”
A role model for many, Nashwa finds lots of opportunities for women in the country. She becomes philosophical when suggesting women how to be sussessful in life: “Love what you do and do what you love… do not fear, be patient and strong. Be rightful, do not let anyone tell you what you can do or cannot do and take a decision.”
Nashwa started work at a very early age after passing high school and pursuing courses in English and IT. “I like to rely on myself and not on my parents for my personal needs… Even when I was a child I hesitated to request for money from them.”
Beaming with confidence Nashwa says she realised the importance of earning on her own. “I started as a driving instructor. One year after I enjoyed working as a photographer for three to four years. Then I got a job at Customer Service and I got my bike after saving for two years,” she said.
She does not find any specific reason for her fascination for motorbikes: “It just happened, as far as I remember. I always loved bikes. When I was small I had a cycle, as I grew up my cycle became bigger and bigger and at last I got a motorbike! I always have a true love for motorbikes and I don’t find any other reason, to be honest.”
Nashwa admits that she would have been a photographer or a businesswoman in case of her failure to earn enough money to get the motorbike of her choice.
Her role model is Jerry Palladino, a professional biker, who gave her hope that she can achieve the dream of riding a bike. And the confident lady rubbishes the very idea of problems while a student or all through her career. “Problems? I have faced no problems,” she says categorically.
Fond of Omani culture Nashwa has travelled UK, UAE, Malaysia and India. Her goal in life is “To be Successful and happy. For the time being I would like to start a women bikers club, but rest is happiness. Life is nothing if you are not happy.”
She spends a leisure day by swimming in the sea or just relaxing at the beach. Fishing, riding bike, drinking coffee at a café, meeting family and friends are her other pastime.
Suggesting ways to improve motorbike scene in Oman Nashwa needs more equipment and support. “Riding school, for example, or a race track for bikes is needed in Oman. We need more media support to educate people about this hobby. I want to start a women bikers club, but not finding Omani women willing to join as yet. Still I am hopeful, not today but, I know, they will join me…”
In her message to all the people and especially the women she suggests not to change their originality for the sake of others. “Because no one can play your role better than you. So be yourself, because whatever you are, you are the best.”