Baggage Carousel (Pic: Robert S. Donovan/ Flickr)

Chalk marks, baggage handlers, theft

If it hadn’t happened to Rahul Gandhi, would it be news?  Will anything change now that it has happened to Rahul Gandhi? How many of us have found our bags torn, broken or opened in Indian airports? How many of us have found items missing from checked bags? I think everyone knows someone to whom…

John Isner during the Mahut-Isner epic battle.  Look at the scoreboard!    Pic courtesy: AELTC/Wimbledon.org

In which I eat my words

I am gladly eating my words. I have gone on record in the past saying that I am glad Wimbledon has a “no 5th set tie-break” policy.  After watching the match between Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and American John Isner,  I wonder whether it is time to rewrite the rule. My objection to deciding the fifth…

flaming_soccer_ball

World Cup football fever in the US?

It was noon when we reached the Post Office. After processing the mailing label for our parcel, the man at the counter asked us casually,”Did you have any chance to catch the football this morning?” We gaped at him. He said “football” which could only mean NFL.  Surely he meant “soccer”? R told him about…

My Lilac tree in full bloom

Wishing for winter

Something strange happened a few weeks ago – I wished for winter.  Well, not winter exactly, not for cold – raw winds – winter, but for snowfall.  Not three feet high- piled in the driveway- snowfall, but the kind that dusts your driveway and lawn and makes it seem like someone sprinkled cake frosting in…

Anamika Veeramani

Too much TV kills the Spelling Bee?

Am I alone in wishing Anamika Veeramani had screamed, or jumped up in joy, or cried, or shown some emotion after winning the Spelling Bee?  She seemed so matter of fact, I was left wondering whether it hadn’t sunk in, or whether she was too shy or reserved to show any emotion.  But more than…

Kavya Shivashankar (Pic. courtesy Washington Post)

Why desi kids win the Spelling Bee

It’s not just our innate nerdiness, apparently.  Or the fact that some of their parents were themselves very efficient rote learners.  “Mugging” or cramming for exams was something I never got the hang of, but we all know someone who crammed their way to academic brilliance (at least in school).  Perhaps they passed on their…