"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Tweaking The Dream

I will never do this:


But could try this later:

I must try to accept my limits gracefully..

while joyfully exploring the countless opportunities life still offers.


A few months back, I entertained the fantasy of buying a motorbike, then driving along the local roads, with the wind streaming through what’s left of my hair.

The byzantine workings of Indian bureaucracy slowly but inexorably sank that illusion.

But my plan could be tweaked a little. The idea is not totally unattainable.

Anu, my houseboy, has just acquired a motorbike.

He has only recently passed his driving test and lacks experience.

But Anu is sensible and the bike is not powerful.

When he has gained experience and confidence I hope to live my dream vicariously,

as one of life’s pillion passengers .

But first, there’s a helmet to be bought…


6 responses

  1. After listening to the video, perhaps it is a good thing Anu will be the driver!

    March 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

  2. You must get some really snazzy leathers too. Please don’t go out with bare arms and legs.

    March 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    • Leathers? In this country? Quite apart upsetting my Hindu friends and neighbours, I would melt!
      I certainly won’t inflict my bare legs on the local population but will be in sandals and short-sleeved shirts.
      A helmet will, I hope, conceal me from the Bollywood paparazzi..

      March 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  3. Yes I realised it might be a bit warm for them but I’m thinking of abrasions if Anu takes a corner a bit sharply.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    • With an average peak daily temperature of 32 C, I don’t think you can even buy leathers here. I shall just have to wait until he is sufficiently experienced that I’m confident the risks are minimal.

      March 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

  4. JP

    That theatre outfit is the perfect shade of blue!

    March 27, 2011 at 1:18 am

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