Written by A. Kathirasen from NST

THE GENTLEMAN: Is decency disappearing from the public sphere?

.I REMEMBER the gentleman’s bicycle that my father had. I sat on the bar in front of the sturdy Raleigh bicycle as muscle-power carried me to school during the first few years of my studies.The gentleman’s bicycle was a common sight right up to the 1970s. Why was it called a gentleman’s bicycle? My guess is that it was because the bicycle was a solid machine made for men and because those who rode it, I’d like to believe, were gentlemen.

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