Wadjda is a mischievous tomboy in Rayadh,SaudiArabia,It does not matter which country do you live bicycle is a dream of every child.
Children love their bicycles,adults never forget their bicycle,
Wadjda only wanted to ride a bicycle but mother does not agreed to buy it,Also mother has to spend money instead of for a bicycle,for an expensive frock to seduce her husband who is going to get a second wife soon.
Things are not fine with Wadjda,even she crammed all verses in Quran and won the competition she did not get the price,the school teacher donated to Palestine as a punishment of her honesty.
I don t think Islam does punish of being honest,it s only the way of you interpret the religion.
Her attempt of buying the bicycle failed,Mother also failed of convincing to her husband not to take a second wife. Later mother bought the bicycle instead of the expensive frock .
There may be lot of reasons behind the father's decision but for my experience .
the reason is some countries which are consider loosing virginity before marriage is a serious crime so that they do not allow girls to ride bicycle.This is not only Islamic countries in middle east as well ,
Sri Lanka also with this matter nothing different from Saudi Arabia,Still in Sri Lanka loosing virginity before the marriage is not accepted,this wont be a matter if the girl has sufficient amount of wealth as a dowry or fixed income through out life,otherwise what ever the reason loosing virginity before the marriage is a considerable problem.Most of the time it s not happening ride a bicycle but some parents avoiding the tinniest possible on safe side.
In Saudi Arabian tradition the groom has give a dowry to the bride,in that case the highest dowry will go for a virgin bride, doesn't it make sense to be a virgin on the day of their marriage?
But in Sri Lankan brides never get a dowry from the grooms party.Bride has to give a dowry in most cases, So why it is in Sri lanka?
Most of Sinhalese those who got married three four decades ago face this problem,Even it is a natural cause ,but the bride could not prove that she is a virgin it was burden through out the life.After the wedding night bunch of old ladies gathering for evidence.in a room,Worst cases newly wed couple ended up going to courts straightaway form the Honeymoon.
There is a nice Sinhaleese movie on this topic. Sanath Gunatileke and Sabetha Perera was playing the main roles.The graduated couple who got married and wife could not prove her virginity at her wedding night,She was married to her own second cousin after a long term relationship,but still suspects his wife and send a beck to her home.
Sanath Sabeetha in Film Deveni Gamana (Home coming)
So then my mother's generation never ride bicycle,but she was like Wadjda's mother she bought me a red color bicycle for my tenth birthday.
Till I met a terrible accident while riding a motor bike I did not loose the desire of riding a bicycle,
Actually it was my father who bought the motor bike,while my mother strongly opposing the idea of motor bike.I think and I believe mothers do know what is good for their children,
All this came to my mind simply because yesterday evening I did ride a bicycle near Bellanvila temple ,the newly built cycle riding track.
Bellanvilla is a famous temple,situated on Maharagama-Dehivala road.
The marriage ceremony of the Prince Sidhartha.
Prince Sidhartha before leave the palace.
Even though we don t use bicycle as a transportation mode like Netherlands or Beijing, still it s good way to burn some calories.There are lot of health benefits.
But in Jaffna and North of Sri Lanka bicycle is a way of transportation,Not that they wanted to burn calories simply it is affordable.
Jaffna father riding Bicycle with his children to the school.
The newly built Bellanvila cycle track runs around the Bellanvila lake.In a nice evening it s a quiet subtle experience.Yesterday of course it a poya day bit crowded.but still it s different riding a cycle hearing Pirith Chanting.
There are several places to rent a bicycle opposite the road.
You can rent a bicycle 100 RS for an hour.In the evening it s quiet nice. Street food also available after riding a bicycle have a fruit juice looking at the lake...
Anyone want a bicycle ride?