When all the Universe Conspires against a Dieter

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Never knew food is like smoke, drink, other bad habits. You get company only as long as you stick yourself to the fool’s end of those things. Announce the decision to quit at your own peril. See what music I faced when I said I was going to diet: 1) Damn! You are not serious! 2) You are not a fatty! I was only joking last week. 3) Ha, ha…how many times have we heard this song! Manu, dont you remember … Continue reading

Hamm’s Bear: From the land of Sky Blue Waters

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Tired from the antics of a character, a creator finally decides one evening to let go, push his creation off a ledge and leave. Perhaps his eyes are set on fresh pastures. Or he might have found this one character he himself has created from void, a burden, his death, that dead albatross around his stretch of creative neck. Better leave him behind and go, he tells himself. So in the next story he sits with his fictional villain, plots a trap, and pulls it off with such … Continue reading

An Ode to the Crusades: England’s oldest inn

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Hark! The very floor you stand judders softly. If you listen close enough, you could pick up hoof-falls from battle-ready horses. And clang of swords. And hushed whispers of devout pilgrims who think destiny has summoned them to this inn in Nottingham in England, only to set them off on a pilgrimage to a far-off land in the following morn, a pilgrimage, where they would fight and die or perhaps win, for their deep faith in the church. The inn, clung to the side of … Continue reading

Freekick: It’s the name not the man

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It is the name, not the man. As a political observer I had been studying elections since 1956 when a government was officially carved out from a mess. Agree, it took nearly 60 years for me to understand what clicks and what clicks not in elections. Hard life learning. Were I born in the 50s or were the jolt of wisdom hit me a little earlier I could’ve saved many a men from committing political harakiri, without knowing, their names … Continue reading