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‘Tour de Mumbai’ – Of Cycles, Trains and Two Strong Feet

It all begins with a tilak (a religious mark on the forehead) in the morning, much like a ceremony before a day’s battle. Then a steel chariot in the form of a heavy, iron-bodied bicycle, which races across townships, follows. The tilak-ed man climbs quite a few flights of stairs to collect boxes from multi-storeyed buildings and fits them

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Posted by: The Hummer
6:50 PM at Gurgaon
Care for Some Cookies?

The expression belongs to England, but the cookie lies elsewhere!

The word ‘cookie’ is part of popular parlance across the Atlantic, in the West, and the British (along with much of Europe) still love to call that small, flat, baked treat a ‘biscuit’. The word even carries a European etymology: Latin words bis (twice) and coquere (cooked) make up what the French called bescuit, wherein the French used to bake the flavoured dough first and then slow-dry it in the oven.

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Posted by: The Hummer
6:06 PM at Gurgaon
Those Monsoon Greens...

Now that we’re entering August, the clouds of the Indian monsoon have spread all across the subcontinent. Oftentimes they touch the surface as a gentle sprinkle, and with the cool breeze rises the desire for a warm cup of tea or coffee. At other times, they lash the ground incessantly and become unwelcome.

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Posted by: The Hummer
8:14 PM at Gurgaon
Yo-Ho-Ho, and the Poet on Rum!

‘I drink to make other people more interesting’
– Ernest Hemingway

When Earnest Hemingway said these words, he was most likely sipping on his favourite El Papa Doble. This large drink could knock out many a man after just a couple of rounds, especially on a breezy summer afternoon at a white-sand beach in the Caribbean or Key West. But for Hemingway, it was a show of pride.

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Posted by: The Hummer
12:40 PM at Gurgaon
In the Spirit of Soccer

The UEFA Euro is heading to the knockout stages, and the football fervour is beginning to mount up the charts. Bursting soccer ball! Torn jerseys! Fan rage! Maybe not the best moments from UEFA 2016, but all of it does goes to show how passionate the whole of Europe becomes during this much loved tournament.

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Posted by: The Hummer
11:55 AM at Gurgaon
A Day in Holy Ramadan

With the auspicious sighting of the crescent moon, the holy month of Ramadan has begun, honouring the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad. Observed with a month of fasting from dawn until sunset, Ramadan epitomises ‘restraint’ and ‘purity’.

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Posted by: The Hummer
1:25 PM at Gurgaon
A Taste of Summer

Summer is in full sway and the first flavour to hit the head is that of heat!

It’s only understandable to bear the heat of the scorching season first, before savouring what else it has to offer. So as the May sun peaks and temperatures reach a crescendo, it’s incredibly important to understand what your body might be wanting.

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Posted by: The Hummer
11:35 AM at Gurgaon
Mother’s Day

“...The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying...”
— Ann Reeves Jarvis

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Posted by: The Hummer
11:52 AM at Gurgaon
The Bell of the IPL

Time to T20 ... Again!

It’s barely a breather from the World T20 finals, and the clash of the local leagues has begun. But that’s pretty much what T20 is: rushed and breathless. The likes of Gayle and Kohli going after bowlers with brute force! DJ Bravo’s ‘song and jig’ when batsmen’s jerseys read their names on the way back (he might as well make a song out of that sight)!

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Posted by: The Hummer
6:08 PM at Gurgaon
Colour Me, Colour You!

Is it the fragrant shades of gulaal filling the air even as the sweet scent of flowers overwhelms everything in spring? Is it the pichkari and balloons hurling mischief from atop houses and rewinding the times back to childhood? Is it the love and friendship showers coming colourfully alive, forgoing bitterness and grudges from the past?

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Posted by: The Hummer
4:20 PM at Gurgaon
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