A random discussion on Delhi winters with some colleagues reminded of the joys of riding on a winter evening in Delhi. The cold, slightly damp, wind across your face. The fog. The warmth of the engine. And the fog that doesn’t let you see too far in the distance, and because you are riding slowly you are actually enjoying the view. Missing my bike and those rides with Tk so much! These lines by Robert Pirsig in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance are just so apt. You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you[…]

Got this gem from Natasha Badhwar, who is a gifted story teller herself, on Twitter (follow her now). The quotes below are from Steve McCurry‘s (of the iconic Afghan Girl photo fame) wonderful blog. The story was the bushman’s most sacred possession. These people knew what we do not; that without a story you have not got a nation, or culture, or civilization. Without a story of your own, you haven’t got a life of your own. — Laurens Van der Post People did not wait until there was writing before they told stories and sang songs. — Albert Bates Lord To be a person is to have a story to tell. — Isak Dinesen Reminded me of a chapter from the[…]

You can’t write enough about a book that begins with, “We lost, we won, Either way we had fun.” In the book, Eduardo Galeano takes you through a brief history of football (soccer to him) through the last century, inter woven with a lot of social commentary. You get goosebumps reading his description of certain goals, matches, and individuals. Though not as intricate in social details as CLR James in Beyond the Boundary, you can clearly see the viewpoint of a South American in a game that was then managed by the Europeans. To choose a few highlights from the book would be a travesty, given that every short note (the maximum length of a chapter is three pages) is[…]

This is a copy of the email I sent to Indiaplaza today. Hi Narinder & Shazia & Anthony, Your customer service just blows me away!! Thanks for the brilliant work. You guys haven’t obviously delivered the book till today. That after you guys called me on Monday and assured me that the book would be with me on Wednesday!! And I was unceremoniously put on hold for 20 minutes when I called up today (again – I have spent more than Rs. 50 on calls to your clueless helpdesk so far). I think, and correct me if I am worng, that you guys have no clue of how online shopping works. The sensible thing to do was to ship me[…]