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4 July 2013

Shillong street art









Better than plastering walls with images of gods and goddesses to prevent people from peeing on them.

Shillong and Cherrapunji


There is some wetness in the air all the time in most parts of Meghalaya. The state gets plenty of rain. This is also the place where tradition meets modernity. Shillong is one of the coolest places in India's north-east.












9 June 2013

Time: how we spend our days


How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.
From The writing life by Annie Dillard

3 June 2013

Jaisalmer: If god was a banker



God sells more than sex.

From the hills of McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh to the lush green fields of Hampi in Karnataka to the yellow sands of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, the eager tourist, perhaps donning a Lord Shiva t-shirt, savours the smell of Lord Krishna brand incense while taking a mouthful of locally made Italian pizza.

The business sense of locals in tourist hotspots is something management gurus must pay attention to.

In small towns where tourist footfall is high, the ease with which locals change their cow-grazed lawn into a coffee and Wi-Fi joint overnight tells a lot about the flexibility of the Indian psyche when it comes to roaring all the way to the bank. A paan shop suddenly turns into a currency exchange counter. A villager who has been making dal-chawal for ages suddenly opens a burger shop.

The ideas keep coming.


























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