Saturday, November 26, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
There is not much of an elixir, sadly.
It is ball-busting pace, day after day, sadly.
Read this happy piece
Get blessed with some athletic genes and work like mad to make it big. And Moses Mosop is as big as it gets. Mosop is in fact way too muscular for an elite Kenyan. Perhaps sign of things to come?
Friday, November 18, 2011
Aman Sethi’s “A Free Man” is a disturbing tale of the life of an itinerant labourer, told painstakingly by the young author. In fact when I began reading the book, I didn’t even know it was non-fiction.
The book bubbles with dark comedy and sadness. It is a movie waiting to be made, a la Peepli Live, an urban version, if you may.
My favourite part of the book isn’t even about its protagonist but it stays with you long after you have read the book . Here it is
“…Though the tender had mandated a “scratch resistant” scanning surface, the scanner - as befitting any high-tech gadget – was extraordinarily sensitive to dust. It worked best when recording images of clean, slightly moist thumbs that when pressed down onto the glass surface, flattened ever so slightly to allow for a true record of the fingerprint in question. ‘But these beggars’, the exasperation in Sharmaji’s voice is palpable, ‘their hands are so dirty, so filthy, that the scanner just cannot pick up the image.’ All they got were blurry smudges that the machone was unable to identify, let alone catalogue and search. ‘So we started washing their hands before registering them. But that took long. ‘ The department also tried bathing them – but after a bath, the beggars look ‘just like anyone else’. How then can the judge make his decision?...
In the course of 140 words, Aman Sethi paints a whole canvas ranging from irony to despair to absurdity. And that is how the book is. Must read.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Had been planning to buy the autographed paperback but plumped for the Kindle version, which I have begun reading right away.
Given that Adam Goucher retired y'day, just couldn't wait to read the book. Besides the several inspirational quotes by Galen Rupp, etc being put up by readers got to me...
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
My favourite line from the article is what I used as the title as this post
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Mohammed Hanif's Our Lady of Alice Bhatti
The Greatest Show on Earth edited by Jerry Pinto
Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of all Maladies
Siddhartha Deb's The beautiful and the damned
Nandini Vaidyanathan's Entrepedia
Thursday, November 03, 2011
This movie tells the tragic story.
One can only lament about what could have been, say if Rob Castella's program for Indigenous Runners had been emulated
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Damian who is a fellow runner from Bangalore is running in Sunday's race at NYC. Here is his own take on what he is upto.
God speed Damian. May you set PBs and may your fund set a record too. Do your bit. Click on the link and contribute to Damian's effort. Remember that no amount is small.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Nathaniel's Nutmeg by Giles Milton (whose "Samurai Williams" I have).
And then today's slightly disappointing performance* at the Bangalore Landmark finals yielded the following
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby (supposedly a classic in travel writing)
The Feud that sparked the Renaissance by Paul Robert Walker (seems super interesting)
Poplorica by Martin J Smith and Patrick J Kiger (had to bring up the 500 total!)
So I go to a quiz, get a coupon, buy a book, read that book, answer some question at a future quiz based on something I read in that book, get another coupon and so on, ad infinitum ;)
* Unlike last week's performance at Hyd, where we almost didn't score at all in the 2nd half, we scored about once each in both halves of the quiz. So we are improving!