"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)

motorbike

Dawn Patrol

Anu waits by the ATM. 
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Picture taken under a sodium light, at dawn in Fort Cochin.


In Communicado

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Picture taken in Mattancherry.


Workshop

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Pictures taken in Palace Road, Cochin.


The Wonder Years

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Picture taken in Mattancherry



Well Poised

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Or simply well posed?

It’s a question I often ask
Of myself..

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Picture of a passing rider, taken in Palace Road, Cochin.


Tweaking The Dream

I will never do this:

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But could try this later:


I must try to accept my limits gracefully..

while joyfully exploring the countless opportunities life still offers.

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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…

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Born To Be Wild?

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I lust.

But the object of my desire may be inappropriate for a man in his late fifties.

Am I physically capable of this partnership? After-all, I have enough titanium on-board to be mistaken for a Frank Gehry project.

What would my family say?

Will my friends laugh at an old man’s folly?

I must examine all the alternatives…

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Review the situation…

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Is this just a foolish infatuation?

My last attempt to recapture lost youth?

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Or am I looking at the real thing?

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