Pongam and Nginlei – first two lady bike mechanics in Nagaland

Pongam and Nginlei – first two lady  bike mechanics in Nagaland
Pongam and Nginlei, the two lady bike mechanics undergoing training at Gear Head Garage Kohima only July 20, 2019.
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Kohima July 20: Proving the mettle, Pongam N Konyak (18) of Wangti Village and W Nginlei Konyak (17) from Phuktong Village, the only female bike mechanics in Nagaland, have come to the state capital to improve their skill as professional mechanics.
Both the teenage female bike mechanics, unable to pursue their studies did not think of sitting back, but have been engaged as bike mechanic helpers in Mon town.
Nonetheless, learning about their enthusiasm through print and social media, Nagaland Motorcycle Club (NMC) with the help of likeminded friends reached the duo with the assurance to help them train as professional bike mechanics if they could come to Kohima, said NMC founding member Peter Rutsa told reporters here today.
Accepting the challenge, the teenage girls reached the state capital while NMC has put them into rigorous training at Gear Heads garage on box cutting road, Rutsa said.
He informed that the two girls are very independent and that they are staying in NMC’s temporary office.
Rutsa also said that they will look forward to send the girls for certificate course so that they will have brighter future when they go back to their hometown and start a garage.
Daniel Metha, the owner of Gear Head garage is guiding the duo with their works.
Meanwhile, the two female mechanics, who are also childhood friends, expressing their willingness to work with dedication asserted that they are ready to do the hard labour in order to be professional mechanics. They also lauded the NMC for the opportunity provided to them.
Pongam revealed that both of them were inspired to become a mechanic about a year back when her motorcycle broke down and the two went to a garage for repair works.
“We did face lots of criticism but we were determined to follow our dreams and had not given up because of the love and support from the family,” she said.
Nginlei mentioned about the initial hardship and insults from some people in the village because they were girls. Nonetheless, she said they accepted all those as challenge.
She added they were both taekwondo players but could not go further because of different reasons.
But now, they both dream to go back and open a garage in their village and hope that people will react more positively once they return home as professionals.
Notably, Rutsa said that NMC as a registered organization will be celebrating its 10th anniversary next year. (Page News Service)