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The Blood trees of Socotra

(Esperienza Exotique is a column on exotic experiences waiting for us in different parts of the world. We will walk the earth, hop on to a train, a cruise or a car to find the best, the most precious and the most valuable in the world. It can be an orange, a perfume, a trek or a cruise. It can be a city, a pub, a bus stand or a doll. This series is here to enlighten and entertain you). … Continue reading

Mooning over Monsoon II

(Mooning Over Monsoon I) There must be a certain fun to burst upon the unexpected. Who knows it better than the monsoons! They always pick a dull night, nondescript, to explode over our houses, markets and dreams. To sting us into a jittery wakefulness and then to laugh madly at our bewilderment. All we hear is a slab of ocean rumbling down from the skies. The rest is deluge. The world has been long tired with summer. Even the watchful … Continue reading

Mooning over Monsoon 1

Come. If you can. Where are you when the precious trinket inside the Almighty’s hope chest, Kerala, throbs in anticipation as it waits for the long-sealed lid over it to open? See. The clouds have started to pitch their tent above. The pilot winds have already landed on tops of coconut trees, swaying them wildly, even when, as the meteorological department says, the rains have only reached a distant land called the Andamans. We wait for the ablution, the monsoon. … Continue reading

Freekick: Don't Read This If You Are My Wife

Manu Remakant, after a brief break, is back with some lighter and ‘weaker’ moments concerning a certain weakness that runs in the family.   “What is 4 x 8?” “453,” my daughter replied. I checked the answer on my calculator. “No, it is 32.” “Yes it is 32. You are right,” she replied. “What is 56 divided by 2?” “54, I think.” I crunched the calculator again. “No, it is 28. You are wrong.” “Yes I was wrong. It could … Continue reading