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…

How Having a Rival Helps You

CYCLING STORIES That was a near shave: An oversized man  just overtook me. No bells rang, no excuse-me shouts heard. He just rushed past me a few centimetres away. He didn’t even bother to keep the minimum logical distance while overtaking a moving object. I applied my brakes and kept my cool. What I couldn’t…

Handing Over the Little Ride

Yes you heard it right: A new Little Ride has joined the stable. Something that seemed very unlikely until 2017 just happened a few days back. In 2013 while I was making up my mind to get the Urban Trail Dude 2.1, I was thinking seriously: “I would need this ride for the next 5-6…

Clocking 60 on just water…And that morning coffee

Yes, it wasn’t intentional, but the set of events turned out that way. I think I should submit this entry to cycling tourist and blogger Devi Lockwood, whose blog I follow. Despite packing snacks and the wallet, I missed out taking the bag itself. Interestingly, I didn’t realise it till I crossed the Golf Course…

The New Generation Cycling: About Attitude

Us v. Them I just heard an “Excuse me” which is quite unlikely on a Noida road. Naturally, while you are at 30 km per hour speed on a mountain bike, with empty road and a bright and sunny Sunday morning ahead of you, it would be natural to expect the sound of a horn…

New Break Point

CYCLING STORIES “Aarti” I was looking into a curious pair of green eyes. “What a beautiful name!” I commented, generally to myself. It was a beautiful morning. We were on the way cycling through our regular route, and fond that Surinder has shut shop. People laying pipelines in the neighbourhood said he has left for…

Ticking Off Targets

CYCLING STORIES Recently I crossed my long pending cycling distance target: Exceeding 50 kilometres in a single ride. It has been lingering on since quite some time and I wanted to tick it off and move on to better things and longer distances. To most people around me I’ve done something impossible, if not something…