Running a Marathon

A friend of mine is gearing up to run a couple of marathons in the next two months.  I was discussing his training with him yesterday and experienced a mixture of emotions.  On one hand, I felt wistful as it has been a couple of years since I’ve run...

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Romance of Postage Stamps

“Romance of Postage Stamps” was a book on postage stamps that I read several times in the late seventies and early eighties.  I’m not sure how it came into our possession, it might have been a gift from my grandfather or my brother might have bought it.  It was...

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Be Prepared

As a young boy, my imagination was fueled by books such as “Robinson Crusoe”, “The Coral Island” and “The Swiss Family Robinson”.  I was consumed by the sense of adventure and mystery that these books evoked.  Many a lazy summer afternoon was spent dreaming of navigating the Amazon on...

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Libraries

Fourth grade was an exciting time for me.  I changed schools and was now studying in the same school as my older brother.  An impressive colonial-era building, with large sprawling fields – I was fairly intimidated and in awe the first few days.  It was also the first time...

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Garuda

Religion is a way of life in India.  It permeates almost every aspect of daily living but not in an obtrusive or militant fashion.  The landscape is dotted with temples, mosques and to a lesser extent gurudwaras and churches reflecting the religious composition of the population.  There are grand...

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Eating Humble Pie

Sir Issac Newton’s remains are buried in the nave of Westminster Abbey.  I was on a walking tour and our guide Tom, pointed out  Charles Darwin’s grave, also in the nave.  Two outstanding scientists with towering intellects who have had a remarkable influence on our understanding of Science.  Fittingly,...

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Enid Blyton

Good authors have the ability to fire up our imagination while great authors have the ability to transport us to the magical world they weave with their words.  Children of today’s generation will probably nod their heads and point to J.K. Rowling but for a large group of children...

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There is more to that song

The radio would always be on at home when I was growing up.  It would start at around 6:30 am with Vividh Bharathi and would then switch to Radio Ceylon at 7:30 am and that program would culminate with the signature Saigal number at 8 am.  It would then...

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Ganesha Habba

Long before Facebook, Tumblr and blogs. Long before Netscape Navigator and IE, there were Usenet groups and harried students trying to finish up their theses. I used to frequent alt.culture.karnataka (ACK) and this was my contribution to the “Bangalore: A Nostalgic Perspective” thread. I had posted this in June...

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And then he sat down

This is a reflection on our ongoing journey with our son.  It was written in September 2013.  I’m sharing this to provide a glimpse into the world of special needs children and their families. A few days ago, my wife called me excitedly to Nikhil’s room.  As I walked in,...

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