Legends are rendered immortal in the memories of mortals by the extraordinary nature of their achievements. the greater the list of achievements, the harder it is to forget them. What about a record that has remained unbroken since the 1987-88 season? the record was set by champion cyclist, Kerman Framna, at the peak of his career and it earned him the sobriquet “King of the ghats”. more than three decades later, even with ground-breaking advances in bicycle technology, the record remains unbeaten and, so far as we are concerned, he continues to be the King of the ghats.
Kerman has represented India on the global stage multiple times and has won as many as four national championships and eight state championships. His list of accolades also includes the prestigious shiv Chhatrapati award (1986-1987). so, when we went to meet him, we decided to take a similarly accomplished car, the Hyundai Creta. With awards aplenty to its name and a five-digit sales figure per month, the Creta is also royalty in its own right; the king of its segment.
Kerman is quite unlike the conventional champion. that was evident when we asked him for a few pictures of his trophies from the numerous titles he had won. the veteran cyclist replied by saying that he had not kept most of them. When we asked why, he said, ‘i don’t like to live on past glory. don’t you think it would be nice to live for today and let the past just slip away?’ even today, he lives by that philosophy. Years after retirement, the champion cyclist keeps himself in remarkable shape by riding at least three to four days a week for distances ranging from 50 to 100 kilometres. during our conversation, he mentioned that riding through the city to get to his favourite cycling routes was now more arduous than before due to traffic and the urban bustle. I saw an opening there and asked if we could accompany him on the next one, using the capable Creta as his support car.
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