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A tenderfoot whose thoughts sometimes wander into the ridiculous rainbow where devious ideas are born.

No Shave November Mumbo Jumbo Non Sense Trivia

It’s that time of the year again when guys ditch the razor for an entire month to become brutish and manly! Aristotle once said “…no man can be trusted if he is without a beard.” While the roots of this mo-vement can be traced back to the times of Plato, social media today has warped the intention of the campaign beyond recognition. Did you know the campaign was originally started to raise awareness about prostate cancer? There is a lot more than meets the eye so here are some mumbo jumbo facts I dug up. Cover image courtesy of original photographer. Continue reading “No Shave November Mumbo Jumbo Non Sense Trivia”

Trump Is Not The President

Now that I have your attention this post is about doggy puppies and has nothing to do with the #NotMyPresident movement. Sorry to disappoint and betray. You may now leave this blog and never return. Or you may read about this cute pup that I saw today. An ivory-white, helpless little thing, it was not one-month-old and trying to sniff its way around the pavement. Near it stood two mothers whose toddlers ran helter-skelter. The kids were excited beyond their wits upon sighting the pup but the mothers’ eyes held a different fascinating gaze. Almost as if they empathised. Maybe they did, I didn’t ask them. It’s a fascinating concept, the circle of life. Do you think the pup’s mother and the toddlers’ mothers would bond in a manner different to the usual man-dog way? I think they would. Continue reading “Trump Is Not The President”

The Heart Of Bhutan – Trongsa

Have you ever felt a sense of wonder when you look at a breathtaking view? Seeing clouds and green hills and witnessing the harmony of nature. Having spent a mere five days in Bhutan, every morning was still as beautiful as anything you could imagine. On this day, the 3rd of July, we woke up to cold mountain weather. The morning fog slowly crept away leaving in its wake dew soaked grass and a pale blue sky almost entirely obscured by clouds. Continue reading “The Heart Of Bhutan – Trongsa”

Writing Is Pooping

You feel light after writing. You feel relieved after ranting about something that’s been hogging on your grey cells the entire day or more. Hence, writing is like pooping. Waste within you goes out. If you don’t write then you feel intellectually constipated. And much like bowel constipation, intellectual constipation is chronic and painful. Please forgive the gross but fitting comparison. Now if you would care to read further, this piece is a very contemplative, non-joking affair. Continue reading “Writing Is Pooping”

Beyond Dreams

Dreams have a certain visceral quality. They follow an atypical, unthinking process leading to pragmatic ends. Yet they are nothing if not sensible. An entity of discerning nature may very well glean all the facts there are to know about the dreamer. The instinctive, intimate and fleeting moments constructed in the minutest detail have the power to disrupt reality itself. A mind astray from conscious percepts of its enclosing sphere of tangible information is vulnerable to the onslaught of fantasy – false within the constructs of an objective world but true in the mind of a prophet. Continue reading “Beyond Dreams”

Arriving In Central Bhutan – Thimphu And Trongsa

The Thimphu-Paro expressway is a smooth section of tarmac which reduces travel time to just four hours so we had a lot of time on our hands. We enjoyed a grand breakfast at Hotel Silverpine where we had stayed the previous day after a strenuous trek to Tiger’s Nest. On the to-do list was a leisurely ride to Thimphu followed by a little meandering on the streets of the country’s capital. But Bhutan being the beautiful country that it is ensured that our four hour ride took significantly longer. Continue reading “Arriving In Central Bhutan – Thimphu And Trongsa”

Motorbike Transport By Train In India

This one is going to be a quickie about transporting your motorbike via railways in India. I’ve heard some bad stories, some good experiences and a lot of questions regarding this topic so here goes: Firstly, its a breeze. Secondly, to make it a breeze you’ll need to avoid people who want their palms greased. At face value, the task will be a lot simpler if you just shell out a couple of Rs. 50 notes at the right places but do you really need to? Cover photo courtesy of Musafir Hu Yaron. Continue reading “Motorbike Transport By Train In India”

Augmented Evolution

Where is ‘life’ going? What is its meaning? The word is pregnant with connotations far beyond our comprehension. Its comprising entities are unaware of the frailty of their existence. The perseverance to stay alive puts them in a state of uncouth disregard for the nature of being. Blind impulses seek to control the treasures of this universe.

Do humans really crave domination? Regardless of the desire to dominate another or be dominated? Do we truly seek knowledge over ignorance? Or do we subconsciously seek regulators of discovery who will reveal the truth at a pace that can control mass hysteria. Continue reading “Augmented Evolution”

Western Bhutan – Tiger’s Nest, Paro

Ended had the days of strenuous riding. We could, at last, enjoy a good night’s sleep in the most inviolable silence. The four storey hotel we stayed at afforded us a brilliant view of Paro. We could hear the rustling of leaves when we slept and chirping birds in the morning. And what a view it was that greeted us when we awoke! The valley seemed to be under water! A thick blanket of fog covered the city and was moving slowly westward. But soon the sun was up and the magical lake evaporated in front of our eyes. Continue reading “Western Bhutan – Tiger’s Nest, Paro”

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