Author Archives: Manu

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

The Zumba Problem

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 18:  Giuliana Rancic takes a Zumba Toning class, one of Zumba's new programs that tones and sculpts the entire body while still maintaining the fun fitness-party vibe on July 18, 2012 at the International Dance Academy in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage)

God: So? Me: So? God: What happened at the pool? Why did you quit swimming? I put all that water across your way to help you with shedding weight. Me: At the the expense of what, eh? They told me that the chlorine in the pool could leach away whatever remnants of fairness left in me. Want to see that!!! The pool, I smelled it out, was a divine plot to darken me further. Moreover you never let me swim straight. … Continue reading

Drinking with Peter the Great

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Drinker? You like to tank up in parties at the expense of big shots of the country? What if we help you travel through time and then get you an invitation from none other than Peter the Great, that Russian Tsar of the 17th century? Would you accept and go for the royal bash? Well listen, you must haul RRR through sulfurous and smoldering embers of hell before forcing it stay even in the continent where Peter holds a bash for his poor pals … Continue reading