Bajaj Chetak has introduced an electric scooter in 2019. But who can forget its earlier version that stole the hearts of millions of Indian families for decades and lovingly called Hamara Bajaj (Our Bajaj). Originally based on Italian Vespa Sprint, Chetak was an affordable means of transportation and decorated the Indian streets from 1972 to 2006. The Chetak is named after Chetak, the legendary horse of Indian warrior Maharana Pratap. Here is a photograph to remember the now-forgotten golden period of Our Bajaj, shot in the year 2012 by Abul Kalam Azad.
Hamara Bajaj, 2012
Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.