It all began with a bicycle.
Soham Chokshi and Dhruv Agarwal knew of each other since their college days at IIT Madras and Delhi days, respectively. But their friendship really began when they started working together at Deutsche Banking, braving the big, bad world of investment banking. Becoming flatmates was the natural next extension in cementing their friendship, and so they decided to do exactly that.
“Dhruv and I had a lot of common interests. For instance, we both love cycling. And we had this expensive INR 15K-INR 20K cycle that we had asked shipped from a courier company to our new place in Gurugram. Everything else arrived alright, but our cycle was nowhere to be found when the movers finally showed up,” Soham begins with a reminiscent chuckle.
“We ran around from pillar to post and the courier people were like – it’s in our warehouse. And we will get to it, when we get to it. The cycle was stuck in their warehouse for three whole months before they finally got around to it,” he adds.
The duo, whose passion for exercise and cycling had been put on hold while they went around trying to get ahold of their beloved cycle, suddenly found themselves in the middle of a problem faced by millions of Indians all over the country. As Soham puts it,