Okay, I apologize for the delay in getting back to blogging ..., but the previous post should explain some of it !
Marriage has been great so far, I highly recommend it - I know there are a few cynics lurking in the background of my readership that is smirking and thinking to themselves "famous last words"
Pondicherry was fabulous. If any of you stop by there, do check out the "Promenade Hotel
", which is run by the Hidesign
On the way back, while driving on the famous (over-hyped
according to the wife) ECR (East Coast Road), I became aware of a phenomenon that I have christened "Highway Jallikattu".
Jallikattu is, of course, the Tamil version of the bull fight where a bull (high on grass and arrack - Seriously !) is let loose amongst a crowd of thousands, with the men trying to prove their bravery by getting as close as they can, without dying. Unfortunately, the combination of bulls (high on grass and arrack) and idiots (high on grass and arrack) usually ends with atleast 30 casualties. The act of getting as close to a raging bull as possible, teasing it even is supposedly the macho
thing to do, and is probably the villager's way of impressing their lady love.
In today's urban world, I think the speeding car (driven by people high on grass and arrack - Not me !) is the replacement for the bull and folks on bicycles take the place of the "bull-fighters". Repeatedly, I saw cyclists swerve and cross the road right in front of me, with a smile on their face. Were they trying to impress a damsel in pigtails, hiding behind a banyan tree ?
Hmmm, the ways of the male of every species is strange ....