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Last updated on: April 14, 2016 16:40 IST

Veenu Paliwal, India's top female biker who broke stereotypes and inspired
several others, breathed her last on April 11 this year.

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eenu Paliwal's love for motorcycles started in 1990 when she got her college friends to
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But, work and then marriage made the road bumpy.


After her divorce, Veenu who was a restaurateur, bought the Harley Davidson and soon she
and her motorcycle became a familiar sight in the narrow by-lanes of Jaipur.

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The passion for riding hadn't left her. She rose to become one of India's top woman bikers.
ing a biker automatically meant she was changing

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"There are constant challenges for women
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us to break out and prove that we are

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capable of anything. Biking was one such


way of telling both men and women that,
'hey, we women can ride too'," she had said.
Known for driving a Harley Davidson at
180 kmph, Veenu had clocked 17,000 km

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since November 2015 and aimed to hit


50,000 km in a year, before upgrading to
Harley's touring bike Road King.
Riding a bike gave her a sense of
accomplishment and an increased
awareness of road safety.
"When you're on a bike, all your senses are
aware and on overdrive. You have to be
alert because you're on your own, and if
anything happens, you have to take

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control," she had said.


This summer, Veenu wanted to teach her
teenage daughter to ride so that she could
follow her footsteps.
She was also planning to make a
documentary on her motorbike journey
across the country.
Forty-four-year-old Veenu was doing what she loved when she was killed in a road accident in
Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha district on Monday evening.
She was on a countrywide tour on her Harley Davidson along with fellow biker Deepesh
Tanwar when her motorcycle skidded off the road.
An autopsy identified that excessive internal bleeding was the cause of her death.
Think Change India celebrates Veenu for her courage and her will to chart her own path
fearlessly. May her soul rest in peace.
All images: Kind courtesy Veenu Paliwal/Facebook

Think Change India

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