HYDERABAD: Sunday morning at KBR Park was charged up as close to a 100 bikers gathered there early in the morning. The biking enthusiasts were extending support to biker Sana Iqbal’s mission to spread the message - Suicide is not the Solution. The 28-year-old has recently returned to the city after travelling to 100 cities in the country, spreading the same message.
“My mission is to attach an adjective to Hyderabad and I want it to be ‘Happy’ Hyderabad. To support this, various groups in the city have come forward. One of them being my own biking group, The Wanderers,” informed Sana. The Sunday’s event was flagged by GHMC commissioner B Janardhan Reddy.
Also present at the event was DGP Anurag Sharma. Supporting the initiative, Sharma said that when people feel depressed, they should try to come out and seek help, though it is challenging. Being engaged with some kind of activity can help, he added.
Sana addressed the gathering and shared her own experience. “When I was touring the country, I saw something unusual in the North East - people smiling and greeting strangers. This is not something you notice in the city. A stranger’s smile can also help come out of a dejected mood and this is what I want to stress upon,” she said adding that instead of waiting for someone to smile at us, we should take the initiative. “We can all build a Happy Hyderabad together,” said Sana, a mother of a two-year-old.
K Veena Rani, one of the organisers and also a biking enthusiast informed that besides the biking groups, a number of people joined the ride from KBR Park to Ghatkesar, pledging their support for the cause. “We did this as support to Sana’s initiative. It was an attempt to spread awareness that there is help available when one feels low and dejected. The ride was up to Konda Madugu, that has beautiful, natural rock formations. It was also to create a connection with nature,” said Veena.