Dangerous Ride 2: The Century That Wasn’t

There is a ladybird in the corner of my rear-view mirror. I didn’t think for a moment that you can’t see reflections of flying objects in the mirror, let alone ladybirds. How wonderful it would be if I could see reflection of birds and insects in the mirror, I can’t keep thinking, until I saw the ladybird grow and manifest itself as an SUV. I heard the horn blaring and I stretched my hand to indicate that I am turning right. After the turn, I noticed that the sky is slowly turning to yellow, and then to golden brown. My pace had slowed down.

Anatomy of a Dangerous Ride

CYCLING STORIES Fast, yes, real fast… for the first time, I felt my heartbeats are louder than anything else I hear. The real problem with feeling danger while on the saddle is that you can’t just close your eyes, and let it pass. This year, I made a resolution to ride deeper into the city,…

The Mystery Blogger Award

AWARD It has been 14 years since I started blogging. It is the first time I am being nominated for any award. Not that I deserve an award, there is nothing award-worthy in my blogging efforts. I keep writing only when I feel like writing and mostly when that feeling coincides with some such situations…

Not Just Another ‘How-To’ Book

BOOK REVIEW With the new developments on my legs (getting slightly beyond the ‘shut up legs’ phase), I’m putting more efforts on words, and less on the saddle. This book that I came across not just added to my curiosity, it also helped heal some old wounds. Almost everyone gets excited a few seconds after…

Another Tenzing Inspires Confidence

BOOKS A very close friend once sadly mentioned that her husband is suffering from depression, and that she is trying to help him out. I suggested that she give him some travel books to read. Books have always had a healing effect on me whether I am recovering from a mental trauma or a physical…

That Killer Ride

CYCLING STORIES “Do you have an Allen key?” he asked while I was about to overtake him. I slowed down and looked for some shade to keep away from the winter rain. We couldn’t find any tree or bus shelter, so we decided to step down right on the roadside and get the problem solved….

It Has Been a Loooong Time

UPDATE Wish you all a very happy New Year. My warmest thoughts and regards reach out to everyone who had read, liked and commented by blogging efforts. Last Christmas eve, my blogging adventure had survived 12 years. Yes, it really has been a long time since I picked up the pen (or keyboard, for that…

Reconnecting with the Sahara

BOOKS I LOVE People who are close to me knows that I have a penchant for uncommon and unpopular places. Being part of the geographic information systems (GIS) industry has helped me in many ways to get to know such places. This obsession was almost at its peak about 2010s while I was recovering from…

Making it to 75, Riding the Heat Wave

CYCLING STORIES Yes, I’m formally announcing the achievement of this year’s target – 75km in a single day. Thank you all for the consistent support and motivation. I’m learning and believe that I have many more miles to go before I put my leg down. Recently I made slight changes to the riding plan as…

Vouching for the 75

CYCLING STORIES It is a popular belief that when you write down your objectives or speak about your goals and aims with people, you’re more likely to achieve them. Speaking up about objectives binds you closer to goals, they say. Not a bad idea. So here I’d like to disclose my cycling objective of this…