Midsummer madness

Published in Mint Lounge – May 31 – read it online here or the pdf version here… We are just finishing a salad lunch at the tiny restaurant opposite the library when the dragons walk past. A bright red patch on a black face, a black-and-red body, head waving in a friendly fashion. A fairly…

A-punting we go on the Cam

Published today in BRUNCH – the Sunday supplement of Hindustan Times, under the title River Town… this is the original piece I had sent then, which was published with a few edits… Morality and the University Do you remember the song ‘yeh hai Bombay meri jaan’ from the film CID…? Johnny Walker on the big…

The streets of London – 1

… while they may or may not be paved with gold, are full of life and that hard-to-describe thing called character. It is mainly the people – the lazy gaping tourists, office-goers always clad in black, always in a hurry, brisk walkers and joggers out to enjoy the sunshine, vendors and finally those brilliant street…

Midsummer watch parade

Wikipedia tells me – In 1564 the midsummer watch parade included: 4 gyants, 1 unikorne, 1 dromodarye, 1 luce, 1 camell, 1 dragon, 6 hobbyhorses and 16 naked boys. The naked boys have gone into hiding but most of the others are still around at the parade – giants, dragons, camels and dromedaries (the single-humped…

All the Queen’s roses

My first morning in London, a sunny summer day, I headed to one of my favorite spots, the Regent’s Park. At noon on a weekday, the park was full of camera-totting tourists (ahem) and serious joggers. Walking past the huge gilded gates leading into the park from the street, I went straight to the Queen’s…

London oh London

I have just been on a nostalgia trip at my other blog – memories of days as a broke student in London, finding things to do that were free and fun, counting the pennies (literally) when it came to anything else (including food, which while at the LSE canteens were reasonably priced, hurt elsewhere). And…