For the Love of Rickshaws

Anyone visiting India quickly discovers it would take a lifetime (probably several, although I believe that can be arranged) to fully understand the endless intricacies that make up the country’s social hierarchies. But there is one social group you quickly learn to place at the lowest of the low. At least, you do if your … Continue reading

10 Things You’ve Got to Love About Bangalore

As every hack writer knows, there’s no easier way to knock up 1,000 words than by writing a nice long list. So here’s my ten reasons to love Bangalore. However, just in case this brings out a nasty case of regional pride in any Bangalorean, rest assured I’ll be following up with ten reasons to … Continue reading

Security Guard Wanted: Bangalore.

MUST HAVE HIGH BOREDOM THRESHOLD AND ENTHUSIASM FOR SUBORDINACY In a tall, silver building in the IT Corridor of Bangalore, a young man sits at the end of a long, dark corridor. Next to him is a fire door, and his single duty is to ensure no one uses this door unless there is a … Continue reading

Driving in India – the Insanity and the Ecstacy

I’ve started driving. For several weeks, I watched Kaveri at the wheel as she negotiated potholes, rickshaws, motorbikes, zombie pedestrians, herds of goats and, of course, cows. It always amazed me that she could find a route through this madness and we could come away unscathed. Then I watched her tailgating one day, her hand … Continue reading