Forty-year-old Dhani Ram Saggu from Punjab lost his livelihood during the lockdown in India, but with his carpentry skill, he managed to start a completely new business, and now has international clients as well. Now that’s some quarantine motivation we need RN. By Kumar Shree

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been the most challenging time for the human race, some talented individuals like Dhani Ram Saggu, a 40-year-old carpenter from Punjab’s Zirakpur town, have instead turned the lockdown period in India in their favour. Utilising his skill in the right direction, he has managed to craft eco-friendly wooden bicycles that are now selling like hotcakes not just in India, but across Canada and South Africa as well.

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When the first lockdown was announced in India, Saggu, along with many others had to face the work and livelihood crisis. Since his shop — Noora Interiors — was reigned shut, he decided to combine his expertise in woodwork and his long-unfulfilled dream of cycling to create something unique. That’s how the concept of an eco-friendly hand-crafted wooden bicycle was born.

As reported by The Better India, he said, “I am a carpenter. Usually, I would get orders to build cupboards, doors, shelves, and sometimes I would repair broken fittings for residents in the area. With construction put in a full halt, and with no means of livelihood, I wanted to keep myself occupied, learn new skills, and build something different. But, my creativity was constrained to the raw materials available at home, such as plywood, tools and old cycles.”

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Even though many of his initial attempts failed, but he did not quit and his perseverance paid off. He later started selling these bicycles at INR 15,000 per unit, and eventually, the demand skyrocketed. After already selling multiple units in India, he is now getting orders from abroad as well.

In fact, he also recently received a congratulatory call from the Managing Director of Hero Cycles, Pankaj Munjal. So if you also fancy riding a wooden bicycle, go ahead and place your order today at +91 7087697652.

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