Mansplaining – Why did the pedestrian cross the road?

Mansplaining – Why did the pedestrian cross the road?

When getting to the other side is a combat sport, pedestrians become foot-soldiers fighting for their lives


The songs of sunbirds know no colour

The songs of sunbirds know no colour

For Kashmir, where the sunbirds are silent


So, you’re a social media influenza?

So, you’re a social media influenza?

Everything that social media influencers touch is destined to go viral. Is that why it’s called influenza?


Man up, womanisers!

Man up, womanisers!

Want to be attractive to the opposite sex? Like, really attractive? Let’s count the ways.


Tall Claims – The Statue of Irony

Tall Claims – The Statue of Irony

Psychologists understand the megalomania of statue-building to be an art of territoriality, as steeped in patriarchy as it is in patriotism. But pigeons don’t care…


Between a black parrot and a pink slip, what’s the world’s best place to lose a job?

Between a black parrot and a pink slip, what’s the world’s best place to lose a job?

A black parrot. A green gecko. A flame-red sparrow. Blue oceans. But what made my Seychelles trip beautiful, ironically, was a pink slip


The Pleasure was Gangamma’s alone

The Pleasure was Gangamma’s alone

On January 17, that Nineties Bangalore chestnut Gangamma’s Pleasure came together for one last gig.


When Tissot ambassador Tony Parker won my heart in Jungfraujoch

When Tissot ambassador Tony Parker won my heart in Jungfraujoch

Tony Parker, Belgium-born NBA star and Tissot brand ambassador, shot a few hoops at Jungfraujoch, 3454 m above MSL. Against the icy flank of Jungfrau, not Switzerland’s highest mountain but certainly its most accessible four-thousander, Parker’s boys played the Swiss national team. Jungfrau Railways, which runs the historic cogwheel train to the top of Europe, brought fans and reporters by the bushel to cheer the players. Rubbing their numb hands and gasping in the rare alpine air, they played, they entertained and they won our hearts. And I think they won a few coveted Tissot collectibles, too!


Did Harambe have to die to save a human life?

Did Harambe have to die to save a human life?

Harambe the western lowland gorilla looked magnificent in pictures. It’s a pity and a shame that he’s dead. But it’s not enough to hang our heads in shame or comfort ourselves with clicktivism


For fellow travellers: Two stories on Sharavathi Valley

For fellow travellers: Two stories on Sharavathi Valley

In January I was invited by Jungle Lodges & Resorts to experience the Sharavathi Adventure Camp. Three full days and two nights of discovery, water-sports and nature-worship followed. I wrote two pieces (three, if you include a blog post on The Green Ogre) about my experiences at Sharavathi.