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…

A Blogger Dad

THAT’S ME I didn’t understand the depth of the comment then. “So I’ll get her to you the next time she’s restless and wouldn’t sleep” said the baby’s mother who was a family friend. I couldn’t understand why there are such times when the little one wouldn’t sleep. She’s fine in my arms and starts…

The Disabled Who Is More Than Able

Yes sir. I said exactly that. I was a school teacher in Bihar. I had a normal life like everyone else. In 2002, the train I was travelling was attacked by terrorists and I lost one of my legs in the explosion. The wheelchair I’m travelling now is a gift from the current MLA. I…

The Man with Stray Pets

CYCLING STORIES Do they have names? The wife had asked a valid question. When you care for some animals and treat them different from the rest of the animal kingdom, it is inferred that they have developed their own identities with you. That’s when he said it: “This one is Sheru, that one’s Laali.” I…

Greed and the Definition of Plentiful

THE GREEN LIFE “I will keep them greedy. That’s what I do to make them help me with my needs” Really? I was thinking if it were possible at all. I was with an old friend, walking our way back from the temple at an unusual hour, while he shared the secret of his confidence…

India v. Bharat

NOT US v. THEM It has been in the media comments for a while now and shall remain a well-accepted fast that two faces of India exist: The seemingly modern face that shouts everywhere that I’m the true face of tomorrow (we shall refer hereafter as ‘India’, and the other face that exists in stark…

Cycling Tracks in NOIDA

US v. THEM It’s been quite some time since I made my last post. I’ve been cycling more to explore the new city suburb that we moved in recently, and at the same time trying hard to organize the data I collect through my weekend rides. A recent news item caught my attention and I…

Does GOD Need Branding?

US v. THEM Does God actually need brand promotion to remain Almighty? Something that has come up to my mind whenever I see right-wing politicians cook up some story or the other to entwine religion and politics to meet their sinister objectives. I do not endorse any political party or belief systems when it comes…

What’s So Special About My Bike?

Someone’s following me. No, really. Someone’s closely following me. I didn’t notice that. I’m on Twitter, and I admit I have more than 700 people joined hands with me there. Only this time it is different. I’m not in front of the computer or reading from a mobile device. I’m cycling on a vast plain…

Office! Office!!

Warm inside the wooden box Staring on to electrified glass Fingers tapping on plastic blocks Rhythm or no rhythm A wired animal resting on the table A click here, a click there Somewhere beyond eternity A phone rings Someone answers Whispers and talks Fingers pointing at me A hand in the air, asking “Shall I…

Syria

Walking the streets Burdened by history In footsteps of saints Scarred by bullets Stared at by strangers Burned by chemicals Cries of children Hunger and anger Tears of widows And mothers of dead sons Panic and angst Pains of war How far to border? How long to peace? Oh Syria, how long should we wait?…