It’s not even my cycle – The HandleBards

On April 2015, a group of actors came down from the UK to BangaloreThe HandleBards, travel in UK on cycles and perform Shakespeare with slapstick. They’re very Monty Python & they’re very good.

They came to Bangalore and wanted to use a cycle on stage and did not have one because of logic. They’re from UK, they’re in Bangalore and doesn’t make sense to carry a cycle to another country. I had a cycle that was my primary mode of transport for a while in the city, but I hadn’t used it for over a year. They used on stage and it was amazing to watch them on stage.


That’s them on stage, doing Macbeth!      (and that’s my cycle)

Let me give you a back story of the cycle. It’s not even my own cycle. I borrowed it from a friend to use to change not just jobs but fields of work, twice. This cycle got me from tech support, to copy writing, to working at a theatre and doing stand up. It got stolen once and later I found it. It’s been my partner in so many thoughts. I hadn’t used it for a year because I started to ride an electric bike and the cycle was used at the theatre for a while to run for odd errands. It stayed in the Theatre for a year.

A week ago, I decided to get my cycle fixed. I did not intend for it to be in the same week that were coming back to Bangalore. I got the cycle repaired. I mean I had the rear tyre changed, the chain replaced, the oiling done and got the cycle fixed.

The fist time I take the cycle out to go to an open mic in over a year. I reach Koramangla and just outside Coffee on Canvas, I get the instinct to take the inner route and not the main road to go to Claytopia, the venue for open mic. And at that junction who do I bump into, but The HandleBards, on the cycle that they used onstage when they were first came last year that was being used for the first time after it was on stage. Now to think about it that if I hadn’t taken that left I would have missed this moment.

Now this might not look like a huge co-incidence to you but I was getting this signal from the universe that I should not smoke up. Because if I was under influence and this would have happened, I would have taken off running and would not know what to do.


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