The legendary thump of Royal Enfield’s Bullet bike breaks the silence of the misty pathways of Idukki and the person on the bike saddle is woman entrepreneur Krishna Vimal. Krishna’s bike rides through Idukki are not only for pleasure but also to pick the best agricultural produce and spices and transport them to Ernakulam. The young trader who had been trained on race tracks now has Royal Enfield’s Standard motorcycle as her constant companion. As Krishna is very passionate about hitting the road on her Bullet bike, all her business-related trips are also on her favourite two-wheeler.
Kattappana-native Krishna thought of venturing into spices trading during the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Her aim was to source fresh produce from the high ranges of Idukki and distribute them in Ernakulam. As per the plan, Krishna started distributing spices under the brand name ‘Secret Diamond’ in Ernakulam. She has to travel a lot to the farms to check the quality of the spices before selecting them for distribution. And now ‘Secret Diamond’ has found a place in most of the top-end restaurants in Ernakulam.
Right from a young age, Krishna always had a zeal for motorbikes and this passion took her to Bullet motorcycles. No matter whether a bike ride is long or short, she enjoys every moment of her expeditions, and that’s the reason why she loves her business-related trips too.
Krishna is learning the ropes of selecting fungus-free high-quality spices from the people associated with the Puttady Spices Park near Kattappana. Besides spices, premium honey is also reaching Kochi through Krishna’s bike odyssey.
During the first lockdown, Krishna had started updating her Whatsapp status with products from her household and seeing this people began to enquire about such products. The foodies are not aware of the value of cardamom without artificial colours and black pepper without fungus. When the distribution of spices became robust, Krishna’s Standard 350 logged more kilometres. She got words of encouragement from various quarters as she went for various business meets on her sturdy motorcycle.
Krishna’s love for Bullet bikes and rides ultimately took her to the racing academy of renowned racing champion Rajini Krishnan. It is noteworthy that Krishna was then the only woman who underwent training at the Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The training was all about safe riding rather than riding bikes recklessly at a fast pace.
Krishna is continuing her journey on the motorcycle with great vigour to make her life secure and provide quality spices to customers.