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…

Glimpses of the ‘Us v. Them’ Debate

CULTURE CURRY While reading Gayatri Jayaraman’s entry on gastronomical North-South debate in the Livemint Blog(1) this afternoon, I was remembering a conversation with a distant relative of a close friend about the ‘strange behavior of people in Delhi’ which prevents him from having many friends here, despite having several relatives. I am too, not distant…