Monthly Archives: February 2013

Freekick: In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

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“How much for this one?” I ask, as my fingers run over the rubber. With the back of my hand I give it a good whack and put my ears over the tyre to listen. “Hmm…not enough air,” I say. Suddenly another machine catches my attention. “How about that ?” I ask and hurry towards it, spiritedly. Rajan, the manager of the showroom, Ajayan sir my teacher-colleague, and my friend Ani follow me. But before I reach there, Ani catches … Continue reading

Drambuie: A Toast to Friendship

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Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing, Onward, the sailors cry Carry the lad that’s born to be king Over the sea to Skye (A Skye boat song written later based on the incident) The boat moved steadily to the Isle of Skye, away from the mainland of Scotland. Bonnie Prince Charlie, who bravely fought against the English was aboard. But you wouldn’t recognize him easily. He was now in the boat in the attire of an Irish … Continue reading

Voyagers In A Paper Boat: Part II

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Dedicated to all those great men who forced me to take literature as my subject. Dedicated to my father, the late poet Kilimanoor Remakantan and my teacher Dr. C. Ajayan who inspired me into the world of poetry. Dedicated to a few students who are now far away from me but brighten my world with a timely call the moment they read a shadow spreading its jet-black wings on their teacher’s stories. Prologue “When your star is unseen in the … Continue reading

Who sells most shells in the spirit world?

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You might have tasted all the glamorous drinks in the world by now. Lucky guys, Rum is sitting here all green with envy, biting fingernails in frustration. But tell me. Have you ever held a bottle of the best selling spirit in the world? No! See this, I still have got one on you. The best selling spirit in the world is not rum, brandy, whisky, gin or vodka. It is a soju, a clear spirit flowing all the way … Continue reading