The Return of Greycat

Story so far For years, our family had owned dogs. Dogs protect the family’s izzat; they conduct themselves with wafadaari and imaandaari. They are easy to understand. And Cats? Nothing prepared us for the arrival of a cat. Cats are not attached to anything— they are the original free-spirits that roam the animal world. You…

Underwear Analytics

When I was young, I failed  this trick question: “What’s the difference between Man and Superman?”. The (now famous) right answer was: “Man wears his underwear inside his trousers, but Superman wears it outside!” Have you ever wondered why most Superheroes of our times wore their inner-wear out? Not merely that, they usually wore contrasting…

Seriously, are’nt the Swiss Serious?

Last winter, I holidayed in Zurich, which is largely German-speaking. Like most self-respecting Germans, the Swiss are disciplined to unimaginably robotic levels. They have rules & rules for everything, which are ruthlessly enforced. One foreigner was fined for washing his car on a Sunday (he didn’t know that as per Swiss Law, he was disturbing…

Sozzled in Switzerland!

My wife’s family is spread far & wide. Very wise strategy, but once in a while they get sentimental and hold a reunion — and then wonder why! This year it was in Zurich, where Anu’s brother, (G) lives. The other cataclysmic event in Zurich (other than our family reunion, that is) was the Annual…

TNPL over IPL: Namma Ooru, Namma Gethu!

Fancy me, the avowed cricket-illiterate, talking cricket! Well, age gives you a certain confidence, bordering on bravado: like, if every ignoramus in India can give expert commentaries, why not me? So here’s my take on the new TNPL. I am impressed! First off, everybody on the field looks happy. This is a marked improvement over…