Category Archive: Freewheeling

An idle mind is undoubtedly a freewheeling devil!

Oct 18

How to read Haruki Murakami – A Primer

One of the most frequently posed questions for me to answer in the capacity of a reader has been “How to read Haruki Murakami?” Mind you this is a question that is neither inane nor innocuous. There seem to be only two categories of readers in this contemporary world, those who abhor Murakami and those …

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Oct 17

Lessons of Life – A valuable experience worth the pain

Today I saw a very interesting question on Quora, the online forum for knowledge and information exchange. It went something like this (approximately), “Have you experienced any hardship in life?” This is a question that is extremely pertinent to the harrowing time that I am going through at present. On the 7th of June, 2017, …

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Feb 05

COMMERCIALISM IN A CONVEYANCE

It took an operational anomaly in the unseen workings of the Light Railway Transport (“LRT”) system in Malaysia for the full impact of rampant consumerism to sink into me. On a sunny Thursday morning, I wound my way up a crowded escalator onto an even crowded platform for what was supposed to be my routine …

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Sep 05

LESSONS FROM A FATHER AND A TEACHER

LESSONS FROM A FATHER AND A TEACHER India on the 5th of September every year (since 1962) honours one of its most illustrious sons, the former President Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan by celebrating his birthday, designating the day as Teacher’s Day. Dr.Radhakrishnan was a tireless academic, a renowned philosopher and a selfless teacher. Every one of us …

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Apr 25

Remembering Manju – An Unassuming man; an Unmissable Dedication & an Unswerving Character

Manju is no more. No amount of recanting his character or retelling of his stories would bring him back to life. But remembering him would unmistakably make us realize not only the transient facet of life, but also the model manner in which it ought to be lead. Manju for us and Manjunath at birth …

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Nov 19

‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ – 10 Indispensable Commandments of Life for a Man

Here go the 10 quintessential and uncompromising ‘lessons of life’ for a man as imparted by ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’, in their order of importance. Lesson 1: Girls, God and Gelatin Sticks If you are scorned by your love, and also scoffed by Divinity (the two are cumulative and the option of either/or does not …

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Nov 12

RUN VENKY RUN!

A couple of decades ago, on a lethargic and sombre Bangalore morning, I remember literally sprinting behind a bus which had just departed from the bus stand. If I had to be on time to attend the class on ‘Double Entry System of Book Keeping’ , I had to plant myself inside that conveyance which …

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Nov 04

SKYFALL – High up above

The latest Bond flick begins with an exhilarating chase sequence involving a variety of conveyances, beginning with cars, heightening with bikes and ultimately culminating on the top of a train. The chase is a disaster –physically for 007; politically for the MI6 and catastrophically for a whole horde of NATO agents operating under cover in …

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Jul 21

Drought, Divinity and Daftness – Karnataka Government misses the woods for the trees

The State of Karnataka is experiencing the worst drought ever in the last 42 years. The Government, in response has allocated a whopping sum of Rs.17 crores to approximately 35,000 temples spread across the state for collectively engaging, indulging and appeasing the rain gods. It would pose a veritable challenge for any sane individual to …

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Jul 13

Inglorious Guwahati – The Detritus of Shame and Sullenness

On the night of 12th of July, 2012, the city of Guwahati was jolted out of its idyllic reverie. An unsuspecting and helpless student of Class 11 was divested of all her dignity by a rambunctious group of nearly 20 men, who for the want of a better word, can only be described as Neanderthals. For …

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