On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Indian media went berserk. The news was about the death of a young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. An army of Journalist representing various news channels were reporting from the scene of tragedy.
The non-stop, high decibel coverage with reporters screaming out of their lungs has been a pounding on the audience eardrums.
In four months, the case of the actors death has taken dramatic turns on the legal high ground and become a political slug-fest. I made an informal visit to six places in the city which are connected to the case.
"With his Pedal and Tring Tring site, Vijay is bringing a loud, joyful voice to the global conversation around #bikes4all and #bikes4climate. He's been a resource for me in understanding the individuals and communities in India making a difference. This biking movement is a world-wide collective, and Vijay is making sure India's bike-loving community is in that lens" - Andrea Learned, Social Media Strategist, Writer and Climate Activist.
“I really enjoy reading Vijay’s blog posts and following his Instagram profile. The content is interesting, informative and international. And I particularly enjoy articles about India” – Helen Dominish, Founder, Uncoolcyclingclub.com
"No matter how my day is going, I can always count on Vijay's inspiring and informative posts to put a smile on my face. In just a few month's time, Pedal and Tring Tring has established itself as a valuable voice for cycling in Mumbai and cities around the world" - Chris Bruntlett, Co-Founder, Modacitylife.com and author of the book "Building The Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint For Urban Vitality"
"Congratulations on the first anniversary of your blog. I always enjoy reading it and I am impressed with the good work you are doing to promote cycling in India" - Don Porche, Teacher, Writer, Traveller and Founder operasandcycling.com
"Vijay is bringing authentic stories in his blogs. Thanks to his post I get to know the world of cycling from another perspective and discover new and interesting people through his interviews. His effort and dedication are unique. Congratulations and keep up with the good work" - Samanta Bullock, Fashion Model, Motivational Speaker, Owns a label 'SB' Samantabullock.com
"I really appreciate Pedal And Tring Tring’s efforts to create awareness on cycling in different levels. Sometimes pure joy, sometimes serious, always around: can’t think of my social media without a daily dose of cycling from Vijay". - Maud de Vries, Co-Founder and Managing Director, BYCS, Amsterdam.
"I would like to thank you for penning down your journey and experience at Ride to Mpower in such a wonderful and detailed piece! You are indeed a crusader who can create mental health awareness and stamp out stigma. Wish you all the luck for writing, cycling and your career. Its ok not to be ok". - Neerja Birla, Founder and Chairperson at Aditya Birla Education Trust, Mpower Minds.
"The global cycling community has very rich social fiber. The bicycle is an ever-present instrument of human mobility and transportation besides recreation and sport. Therefore every voice counts a lot. The cycling blog Pedal and Tring Tring of Vijay Malhotra is an instrumental communication tool for all of us who care about the well-being of cycling for all. Every post empowers and brings a ray of hope for those who advocate day in and day out for this most loyal staple for humanity that is with us for over two centuries. We need platforms like Pedal and Tring Tring to encourage citizens in developing countries to use bicycles as a primary mode of transportation without any stigma". - Leszek Sibilski, Founder of World Bicycle Day.