A handsome compliment


She arrived at exactly 1 p.m., as they had agreed. At the large garment store on the ground floor of the shopping mall, she remembered him telling her. He had told her he would arrive a few minutes early, to be there to receive her. When she told him that that was not necessary, he said that that was absolutely necessary and the right thing to do. Continue reading

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Delightful hours with Clare Chambers and Barbara Vine


When I came home from my visit to the British Council this time, I had (Ruth Rendell writing as) Barbara Vine’s The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy, which I was tempted to read first. Somehow, I was drawn to The Editor’s Wife by Clare Chambers– by the cover design, the type, everything else. Continue reading

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Take them as they come


It was still early hours, not Happy Hours though, and the bar was still and empty. Socrates led the pack, with a swagger that ill went with his sobriety, and a charm that was purely a figment of his imagination, but nevertheless an effective substitute for what he obviously lacked in looks. Continue reading

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The British Council Library, Chennai


I have been a member of the British Council Library in Chennai for many years, except for a gap or two, of some months perhaps, when I had satisfied my reading requirements by subscribing to the services of a lending library. Continue reading

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Abstruse and Obtuse 4


Nowadays, punctuation is pathetic. With spelling, anything goes. Vocabulary of the average adult is abysmal.

Who says?

Me.

 

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My Bicycle Tour across Europe 5


We had begun the hunt for sponsorship early, along with our effort towards other important areas of preparation.

Gate-crashing for a great welcome

Every day, we set out to meet as many corporate organizations as we could. Seldom fixing an appointment and always counting on our luck, we would drop in at the address, walk up to the Reception, explain the purpose of our visit and politely ask for a quick meeting. Continue reading

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The End


Aki was mad. Had he been able to observe himself, he would have described himself as furious. And, truth to tell, Aki was not given to exaggeration. He was torn between an uncontrollable urge to work himself up to let his rage Continue reading

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My Bicycle Tour across Europe 4


Roaring Support from the Lions

Lions Clubs International played a huge role in our tour, which was in a sense a sort of coincidence. Much before Ravi and I had thought of the tour, we were part of the junior wing of Lions Clubs – that is, we were members of the local Leo Club. Continue reading

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Abstruse and Obtuse 3


I want to be a genius.

You can’t just wish for it to happen.

Why not?

You must work for it to happen.

But I want to be a genius without work.

 

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My Bicycle Tour across Europe 3


We completely wooed the officials of the Education Department of the Tamilnadu government in our very first meeting. All of them were very receptive and encouraging. Thereafter, every meeting took us closer to our goal of finding an alternative mode of departure from India. The Education Department on our behalf sent out letters to the Ministry of Education and Ministry of External Affairs at New Delhi, requesting them to offer us all help they could. We would visit the Tamilnadu Secretariat almost every day to follow up on the progress. Continue reading

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