Abstruse and Obtuse 2


I am supposed to fly to the Andaman Islands.

You must be excited.

I am dead scared of flying.

Worse things happen at sea.

I was actually considering of going by sea instead!

 

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My Bicycle Tour across Europe 2


Having got the nod from our parents, we began preparations with single-minded devotion. The will-do attitude had to be merged with the can-do pragmatism. Apart from gathering a lot of general information relating to the trip, we had to work on sponsorship possibilities and finding other sources of funding, and also a sensible road-map, which involved the task of getting visas. Continue reading

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Abstruse and Obtuse 1


Why don’t sometimes people fail to understand? Why do people misunderstand? Is it all to do with the way one communicates, or perhaps with the way the communication is understood? Serious questions no doubt, but the situations and contexts can be funny. Abstruse and Obtuse are a series of dialogue – meant for mirth and a bit of meditation!

Did you sleep well?

Like a log.

Good.

Did you?

Unlike a log.

 

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Does a reader need a guide to explore and journey through the world of literature?


If my memory serves me right, I think it is in his Summing Up that Somerset Maugham says how nice and useful it might have been if he had had someone to tell him what and whom to read. He was probably very conscious of making the most of his time and eager to profit by almost everything he read. Continue reading

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A Letter to the Editor


I read the letter for the third time.

Dear Editor,

It is quite likely that by writing this letter I am only compounding the error of omission that I am undeniably guilty of, for it, the letter, might appear to be an act of futile rationalisation and an attempt at assuaging your professional sentiments with the ulterior motive of avoiding punishment altogether or benefiting from a possible benevolent attitude on your part, instead of sounding like a sincere apology that it, in reality, happens to be. Continue reading

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My Bicycle Tour across Europe 1


The Bicycle Tour across Europe, which I undertook with my friend Aisola Ravi Shankar in 1980-81, could well have been The Bicycle Tour across the World, if we had been luckier. Our original plan, or desire to be precise, was to bike across at least three continents – Europe, America and Africa Continue reading

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Copywriters – are they born or made?


I guess a lot of young aspiring copywriters ask themselves this question. My unequivocal answer is that they are neither born nor made, but they make themselves copywriters. Continue reading

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Are you an aspiring copywriter looking to launch your career with an Ad Agency?


Copywriters come from all kinds of background. Engineering graduates and medicine students dropping out are some of the species whom I have seen taking to copywriting. I entered Advertising with a Master’s in Economics. Continue reading

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Life – Past, Present and Future


‘She clings to me.’ ‘He never lets go of me.’ Men and women make such statements when they are in a relationship that is not exactly perfect – well, if any relationship at any point in time can be perfect at all! Continue reading

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John’s Job


Sunday fetched some gloom, and then some more, just to be sure there would be no shortage and the distribution could continue justly, and without interruption. Sunday had indeed an inexhaustible supply of gloom; Continue reading

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