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Jamadi Ul Akhir 1422
September 2001
Volume 15-09 No:177

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INNOVATIONS


Mohsin Rizvi: Celebrity Mechanic
Power from the Road Hump
Rat Snake Eggs Incubated in Home Lab

Mohsin Rizvi

Celebrity Mechanic

An innovative Mumbai mechanic inducts unique features into motorbikes and redesigns them

Mohsin Rizvi

M. H. Lakdawala, Mumbai

He is inventor, designer and innovator, all rolled into one. But for his looks he would appear just another tinkerer. He has invented a remote-contolled two-wheeler, introduced fifth gear on a Yamaha Rx-100 motorbike, and inducted many a new feature into the two-wheelers on request from individual riders. All of his redesigned mobikes carry ‘MR’ Logo.

Mohsin Rizvi, who operates from 10 by 15 feet garage in Bhendi Bazar in Mumbai, is a celebrity in his own way with a large fan following. Youth surround him all the time with request to redesign their motorbikes and add new features. Even as Mohsin is being interviewed, half a dozen clients wait impatiently for him to breath new life into their bikes with his magic touch. His dark, athletic frame pushes six feet. Running his grease-stained fingers through dusty hair, he talks about the milestones of his career.

A customer came with the request for a remote control, said Rizvi. He had this problem to manually sit on to the bike and get it out when parked in a narrow space. Rizvi took the vehicle to his small R&D Lab in a corner and attached small wheels to the stand and made them work through a remote device. When remote was clicked, the vehicle would move even while on a stand. “Then I introduced this on all my newly modified bikes” says an excited Rizvi.

Where the R&D of multinational and Indian two wheelers manufacturers failed Rizvi succeeded. There was a time when sniff addicts were damaging vehicles to steal petrol. On customers demand he designed theft-proof petrol tanks.

Rizvi Garage is often visited by engineers from the Mobike manufacturers. “They send people to check out what I am doing, but refuse to recognize my inventions or innovations”, he says with a chuckle. “In our country top management comes in the way of recognizing talents. How can they admit that where their top professionals with high degrees in designing backed by entire R&D set up failed, an uneducated mechanic with no resources succeeded.”

Rizvi’s remote controlled bike is in great demand as it can be guided out of a large garage without a rider, a bike than can be started from a distance of 300 metres by remote.

The best on his symphony list include self-starter he has conjured up. He got the idea when a disabled customer asked him to ease the kicking system.

Shifting gear from being a conventional mechanic to a re-designer, Rizvi has been working in auto workshops since he was eight when he arrived in Mumbai from Baramati. He then joined garage under Ustad Papu and Iqbal Bhai.

The main reason behind Rizvis’s popularity is his personal attention to each and every customer. “The day I stop wearing this mechanic’s dress and start coming to work in suit and tie, my clients will still come to me, but they won’t go back satisfied.

During the interview one customer came with a request to modify handlebars and footrests to synchronise with posture. Another customer came from far off Borivili asking Rizvi to install a special brake disk. Currently, Rizvi is working on motorcycle which would run on solar energy.

A father of four, Rizvi wants his children to acquire professional degrees. He says his children want to take over his business one day, but preside over it in pinstriped tie and white collar. “It is important to allow your children to break things so that they learn how to fix them. That’s how I learnt about a mobike’s intestines. That’s how one grows up looking at R&D differently.

Rizvi has his own website, www.mohsinrizvi.com that details his expertise. He recently received an E-mail from a US-based NRI who wanted to help him out with some spare parts. A top Japanese engineer from Hero-Honda headquarters in India spoke to him on phone about his work. “I can’t describe the happiness that I derive when people write to me on the web”, say Rizvi.

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Power from the Road Hump

Four engineering students have come out with a device that taps the energy from a road hump

Engineering Students with their Device

Bangalore: Four students of Bangalore, Mateen, Zia, Ayush and Binoy have made a device that can turn the energy produced from vehicles hitting the road hump into electricity.

They are final year students of M. S. Ramiah Institute of Technology. They have devised a “Road Hump”, commonly known as speed breaker which collapses when a vehicle passes over it. The collapsing hump rotates a fly wheel which generates electricity which is then stored in an accumulator. “The same can be used for any purpose whenever required” says Assistant Prof. Raji George who was the project guide.

This device is an outcome of research to obtain a viable alternative to the fast depleting energy sources used for lighting. The project team claimed that this device can also be used for traffic signals, warning signal lights, or even to keep track of traffic density.

The project was adjudged as the best among the projects demonstrated at the annual exhibition of the Ramiah College on July 30 by scientists-judges drawn from Indian Institute of Science, National Aeronautical Laboratory and professors from various engineering colleges in the city. The Bangalore Municipal Corporation has approached the project team with a proposal to practically implement this project.

Sabithullah Khan, Bangalore

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Rat Snake Eggs Incubated in Home Lab

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By A Staff Writer

Bangalore based herpetologist (snake expert) Mohammed Anees has incubated 19 eggs of rat snakes. This is for the first time that the feat has been achieved by an individual at his home laboratory and second time in the country. Earlier Anees had twice successfully incubated cobra eggs at his home lab, 17 last year and 29 earlier this year.

Another significant feature is that Anees achieved the feat in 79 days by artificial control of temperature and humidity. Existing theory is that eggs of rat snakes, species of Colubridae family, could be hatched in 45 days only in natural climate where temperature is around 30 degree Celsius and humidity 80 per cent. But according to Anees, he controlled the temperature between 26 and 29 degree Celsius and humidity between 70 and 75 per cent. The finding is surprising for the scientific community as he has shown that incubation period could be stretched by another 30 days.

The 19 eggs belonging to two different mothers had been picked up in Sarjapur and Yelhanka in the outskirts of Bangalore. Anees can be contacted at: 080-5487424, or 98440-37424

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