What is Jawa Day? Is it another crassly commercial holiday as espoused by wasteful societies like the US of A – like Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, etc, (however laudable the original thought behind them)? No, surely it’s the day we collectively marvel at two-stroke motorcycles designed and built in the former Czechoslovakia, and also in India, although they long having been consigned to history.For sure the answer is obvious, because Jawa Day 2018 was the 16th annual meet of Jawa enthusiasts the world over. They didn’t need to all gather in one spot, but had many locations to delight in each others’ motorcycles, share the pains and pleasures of ownership, shoot the breeze of escapades astride them in the past, and also look forward to braving the future without any support on spares and knowledge…plus skill sets that are fast being depleted.There are well close to 45 biker communities exclusively for Jawa and Yezdi enthusiasts and owners in India, and practically all of them celebrated Jawa Day on July 8, 2018. Some cities have two to three Jawa – Yezdi Clubs (Yezdi being the Indian-built Jawa) who congregated separately and celebrated: Bengaluru and Pune come to mind straight off. I was told that Mysuru, the spiritual capital for Jawa and Yezdi owners, had no less than four Jawa-Yezdi groups celebrating these distinctive characterful two-strokes from the past! Nothing wrong I might hazard to say on the face of it. But collectively I think the movement could really get a move on – but hey this is India, don’t forget, so we will thrive in diversity if not in disarray!Jokes and wordplay aside, the enthusiasm on display was so smile-inducing and heartfelt that I think it augurs well for the impending relaunch of the Jawa brand back in India. However, one must certainly state that it is the owners of these classic Jawas and Yezdis who have kept the brand alive. The new entity should and must put in place a program to manufacture vital components for the more popular bikes that were made and sold in India, which would be ample reward for those who have kept faith in their bikes and the brand, and kept both alive.I went to Bengaluru for the Jawa Day celebrations organised by the Bangalore Jawa Yezdi Motorcycle Sport Association or BJYMC, to see for myself the passion for these bikes. About 3-4 years ago, I had been party to Jawa Day celebrations in Pune with the late, great Noshir Irani, former Managing Director of Ideal Jawa, then a spritely 86-years, being in attendance and having the childlike enthusiasm for both the bikes and their owners. Over 325 bikes had assembled there on Pune’s East Street but in 2015 the BJYMC had got 537 Jawas, Yezdis and CZs together, which also netted them a mention in the Limca Book of Records! So when this year close to 500 of these bikes rode into the grounds of the St Joseph’s Technical Institute in Bengaluru city, it is was par for the course!Forget these large numbers, even Delhi with 38 bikes and close to twice the number of enthusiasts turning up indicated how small, dedicated Jawa-Yezdi aficionados came up to wave the flag. Even terrible storms and flooding so regular in Mumbai during the monsoons didn’t dampen spirits in the country’s commercial capital and just as many turned out there as well! Chennai, Chandigarh, Goa, Mangalore, Hyderabad, saw Jawa and Yezdis come out and make music with their ring-a-ding-ding exhaust notes proving that music and motorcycles are the joys of life.