7 December 2012

Working in India

Jun 9, 2011

Intrigued at protests in India. A yoga guru with official income of $220million a year (unofficially much more), owns an island off Scotland etc is the lightning rod for standing up against corruption and money stashed away abroad. Closer home, dad rails against politicians and nepotism and then next day he urges me to come back to india as a head of a company – so many of my poor jobless relatives can get jobs.

7 December 2012

Bye to parents now…

Jun 8, 2011

Well, that was my week with my parents. My best time each day was waking up at 4:30 to sit with my parents for a couple of hours in our garden. Drinking tea, watching the daybreak, enjoying the flowers, occasional question and answer but mostly quiet – just enjoying each other’s company. No doubt we were all wondering how many more such days we will have. The loudest conversations, indeed, were the silent ones.

7 December 2012

The “i” in iPhone

Jun 6, 2011

Dad is suitably impressed by iPhone. he is astounded that the piddly device can show the route to my sisters house (gps), show the current temperature, stock price, news satellite picture of his village and so on. But he is disappointed that I do not know what the “I” stands for in iPhone. He thinks I am covering up my ignorance by saying it does not stand for anything

7 December 2012

In search of a long lost friend…

Jun 6, 2011

Tomorrow’s project: run to a small neighborhood to follow up on a clue I found tonight. Trying to locate a friend from my first grade… Hoping the neighbors won’t shut their doors on a shaven-head madcap in shorts running aimlessly in small streets. That sight has to be only as common as orderly traffic on indian roads… Arghya Sengupta, if you remember me from Mrs. Shastri’s class, here I come tomorrow…

7 December 2012

Sweating and hot tea…

Jun 3, 2011

How do you save yourself from losing three pounds of water over a simple 5 mile run? By NOT running in sultry and humid Kolkata. I have been sitting down for 45 minutes and still am sweating profusely. Now my sister in law has brought some hot tea. This ought to be fun 🙂

7 December 2012

“Running is too easy”… said he…

Jun 3, 2011

Finally, I understood my dad’s deep rooted disdain for my running. Why don’t you play soccer or tennis he asked. Why, what’s wrong with running, I asked. Pat came the answer – because you are not having to beat anybody! I think he still thinks of me as the school kid who has to beat everybody to the first rank!!!!

7 December 2012

And now, 7K run

May 31, 2011

Found an ultimate solution to the dog-chasing-runner problem. Pick the hottest time of the day with near saturation humidity to go for the run. The dogs refused to get out from the shades of the trees. One or two reluctantly gave a bark but that too with one eye open and chin still resting on the front paw 🙂 On the flip side, that was an extremely draining 7K run…

7 December 2012

5K run

May 30, 2011

Humidity, thy name is Durgapur. One simple 5k run (dogless, I might add) and I was sweating like one of the Norwester clouds over here. Now having dinner with immediate family at our favorite hangout Peerless Inn. With some terrible wine, I am afraid!