What kind of runner are you?

On the way I passed a few other joggers, about an equal number of men and women. The energetic ones were zipping down the road, slicing through the air like they had robbers down their heels. Others, overweight, huffed and puffed, their eyes half-closed, shoulders slumped like this was the last thing in the world …

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Bringing 15 boxes of friends home

It’s not what you think. I’m referring to 15 boxes of our book collection that we stashed away in my cousin’s attic in San Jose four years ago. When we returned to India after 16 years in US (this post gets into the “But why?” question) many of our friends in US and India thought we …

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Calling all Sanskrit Poets

Q: What happens when a British woman with a degree in Classics and Sanskrit from Oxford University moves to Bangalore? A: She falls in love with an Indian fashion designer and a Royal Enfield Bullet aficionado (yes – that’s ONE person). She becomes a Bullet aficionado, he becomes a Sanskrit buff, they get married and …

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4 years of blogging!

Yup – 4 years! To celebrate my 4-year blogging anniversary, I migrated my WordPress-hosted ulaar.wordpress.com blog to  ulaar.com. I’m sure it’s an event the blogosphere’s been looking forward to with joyous anticipation but guy… don’t know how to break it you… I’m not doing any press interviews. And yeah – don’t send any TV crews …

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My Pre-2011 Marathon Running Era

In 2002, I ran my first marathon – the Silicon Valley Marathon in San Jose. Finished in a respectable time of 4:32. After a 6-year hiatus, I resumed running after our return to India in August 2008. I had struck an optimistic note in Asthma, Bangalore and me… but deep in my heart I feared that my asthma …

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Bangalore’s Population Trends – 1871 to 2001

As I browsed through the 107-page Invisible City-Makers research report, came across this gem from JNNURM BSUP CDP (key for these acronyms below the table). If you were wondering about the Bangalore population in the 2011 census, provisional results released by Directorate of Census Operations in Karnataka peg it at a whopping 9,588,910! JNNURM -> …

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As I shuttled between Bangalore and San Francisco in 2010

I saved this tweet from Nitin Pai (chief honcho and writer at The Indian National Interest) sometime in the first half of 2010. The operative phrase is “ought to”. The sad reality is that for most people (and I include myself in this category), the dominant emotions are sadness, guilt and frustration. Where’s the fury …

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The Darndest Things You See in India – Part 4 (Park Signs)

Additional commentary Park timings seem to mirror temple timings though I haven’t verified whether the park is actually closed between 10am and 4pm. Only clockwise walking. Compliance rate is similar to that for the One-way and Maintain Lane Discipline signs you see on Indian roads. Fencing around the fountain for exercises – interesting phrase I say. …

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