From a very early age, Amit daydreamed about automobiles. Within months of getting his first motorcycle, the first gen Suzuki Fiero, he set off on a 1000km one way trip to Nepal without letting his parents know. There was no looking back after that, as his craze for all things on wheels kept growing to manic levels thereon.
His passion for automobiles soon landed him a job at Next Gen Publishing Limited, where he joined as a correspondent for Car India, Bike India and Commercial Vehicle India magazines. Amit helped the three brands take shape in their formative years. Five years later, when he quit the company as Deputy Editor for Car India and Bike India magazines, he was one of the most recognizable faces for the two brands. During his stint at Car India and Bike India, Amit also contributed to Car UK magazine and played a Juror in the 2008 and 2009 editions of the NDTV Profit Car & Bike Awards. Amit was also one of the Jurors for the Performance Bike of the Year Award for the year 2000.
In 2010, Amit founded Motoroids, India’s first two wheeler e-magazine, and an automobile news and reviews portal. He also contributed for some publications in the Middle East during these months, including Automiddleeast.com. He single handedly handled the automotive supplement for the Free Press Journal as a Senior Auto Columnist for several months before relinquishing the responsibility owing to increasing work pressure at Motoroids. Amit has also been associated with several other magazines and publications including Top Gear India, CFO, CarsalesIndia and some international publications for which he continues to work part time till date.
While being at the helm of Motoroids, Amit has also worked as a consultant for several auto companies for their product development program, and has also been taking lectures as a visiting faculty at IIT’s Industrial Design Center at Mumbai. Excessive workload in office has taken the thrill of motoring away from Amit’s life for a bit, but he’s going through all this to be able to indulge in more uninhibited motoring in a few years. He nurtures a dream of owning a private racetrack someday, on which he could ride and drive the bikes and cars of his choice to his heart content.
One of the key editorial contributors on Motoroids, Yatharth has always been attracted by anything on wheels. He gets immense pleasure from writing about automobiles and much to the agony of many, can talk all day about them. His first vehicle was a 10 year old Maruti 800 and he was quick to move on to bigger and better cars. Biking bug bit him very late into the last year of his teenage and he managed to convince his friend to sell his Pulsar 180 to him. A year later, he shifted to a Pulsar 220 and continues to use that bike.
Among his friends, he is known as the one who is willing to go on a road trip at the drop of a hat. He likes observing car and bike trends prevailing in the country and remains in touch with a large number of road users to get to know their perception about cars and bikes. In 2011, he met with a serious bike crash and that saw him becoming a more responsible rider. Yatharth doesn’t like anything else as much as automobiles but he can often be seen making the best use of his headphones and MP3 player. Other than listening to various genres of music, his hobbies include reading, socializing, cooking, swimming and sampling different cuisines.
Yatharth holds the position of correspondent for Motoroids, pushing his pen to keep the readers abreast with the latest happenings in the world of cars. His reviews of the Chevrolet Sail, BMW X1, Skoda Rapid, Premier Rio+, Hyosung GT650R, Hero Ignitor and several other new vehicles have been highly appreciated by the auto community. Yatharth continues to add experience to writing style as he logs more miles on his pen. A radiant young writer, Yatharth is increasingly becoming synonymous with Motoroids, and is creating a unique identity for himself.
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A car lover and an avid cyclist to start with, till the day he accidentally kick started his friend’s Splendor and rolled a few metres in first gear. That actually was the start of his biking journey and the wheels started rolling when he bought his first motorcycle – a Pulsar 150 DTSi, later graduating to a Karizma and then at present a CBR250R. From small weekend rides to long distance sprints- any place and any distance felt good on two wheels, and suddenly all other modes of transport started looking stupid. Biking brought numerous friends and equally numerous destinations to ride together and memories to be cherished for life. Inspirations such as Dr. Arnob Gupta gave him the itch for endurance riding and it turned out to be successful certifications for Saddlesore and Bunburner runs. Trekking is another hobby that I have, but its riding that always takes the cake on priority.
Biking he feels is living the better part of life…once on the saddle, worries are left behind- you are not even your own self, you’re a new born on every ride. The pleasure feeling of seeing the lane markings pass under your pegs in a hurry and your body cutting through the wind drag, the feelerbolts as your pen and you write down your very existence- nothing comes close to the experience. Fortunately he thinks he lives this better part of life at every opportunity that comes his way and considers himself extremely lucky to be in the company of seasoned riders who have always inspired.
A software engineer by qualification, and a motorcyclist and photographer by passion, Nitin is one vibrant personality who makes friends wherever he goes. His passion for automobiles can be gauged by the fact that he has ridden more than 3.5lakh kilometers on two wheels, has owned 23 bikes and 3 cars
Nitin currently holds the fort in Delhi for Motoroids. Reporting events from the NCR and clicking some really beautiful Images at the same time. His work with the lens is highly regarded within the automotive circles, especially among the online community.
Nitin has a developing interest in motorsports. He recently participated in SJOBA Rally, Shimla motorcycle challenge and The Royal Rajasthan Rally. Keeping the tradition of changing bikes every few months alive, Nitin has bought a KTM200 Duke and is splattering the Facebook with the bike’s images.
While Nitin knows how to drive very well, he is more of a bike guy. In his own words, he prefers driving in only two scenarios – when the weather doesn’t permit a two wheeler, or when he’s at the peril of being driven by a lady. That may be sexist for some, but that’s Nitin for you – a true Delhi guy who speaks his mind without mincing words.
Hrishikesh Deshpande, aka Hrishi, is in his own words, an eternal learner, traveler, photographer, foodie, adrenaline junkie. He believes that there is much to learn and experience in life, and too less time.
He is a speed freak, and is a part of most of the motorsports events occurring in the country. He has participated in the Desert Storm and Raid-de-Himalayas rallies. He has also volunteered at the Buddh International Circuit as an Intervention Officer during the first ever Indian F1 Grand Prix.
Like every biker, he also has made the Leh pilgrimage, and is forever plotting for the next trip. As a hobby photographer he tries to capture his experiences in two dimensions, and sometimes succeeds. Hrishi reviews cars for Motoroids in Mumbai, and holds aloft the motorsport flag on the website.
Professionally, he works for an Investment Bank, as an AVP in the IT world. He is an SME on Agile Development, and a firm believer of the SCRUM Development methodology.
He hates morons on the road (and off them too), and would love to have a couple of bazookas mounted on his car to do Darwin’s job. The adjectives impatient and competitive describe him well.
But, he is a biker at heart, and is happiest on a winding road, on a good motorcycle.