The vintage Raleigh bicycle used to be known as the Bhai bicycle as it was preferred by local Sikhs who were bigger in physique.
It was also popular with mobile hawkers as it can manage heavy cargo. This one is missing the centre stand, chain box, dynamo, teardrop-shaped headlight and bell.
The likeable thing about Mokhtar is that he is not an aloof or narrowly-focused man, given his fame and success. He engages you in a genuine conversation and can talk about anything under the sun.
The baker asked me which other Slim River attraction I will be visiting next.
Me: I like to hear your recommendations.
Mokthar: I can tell you like places with “character”.
Me: True. That’s why I am here.
Mokhtar: Go to Slim Village then, where there is a strange town square. And don’t forget to visit the nearby hot springs and waterfalls.
Me: I like strange places.
Mokthar: I know. You are strange, too.
He proceeded to give me some very specific and useful directions. With a kaya bun in hand, off I went chasing waterfalls again.
Sony Alpha a7R, ISO 125, f4, 1/320 sec.