Shops on fire in Darjeeling

A blazing sunrise in Darjeeling

It is five in the morning and still pitch dark outside. But I am up and ready to face the winter morning chill, which admittedly, is not at its peak yet. My camera bag on my shoulder and my trusty hat on my head I am ready to leave the comfort of my hotel room. While this is a nice hotel, it is old style. No digital key swipes, just one key for an old-fashioned lock. Therefore I need to wake my wife to let me out of the hotel room and lock the door behind me.

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Critical Mass ride, September 25, 2009, Gurgaon, Haryana

Should I be cycling to work everyday?

Before I get to the ‘should’ let me answer if I ‘want’ to cycle to work. The unequivocal answer is yes.

For me the reasons for cycling to work are many:

  • I enjoy cycling.
  • It is good for my health.
  • I can create time from thin air if I cycle during my allocated commute time.
  • If I don’t have to get up at 5:00 am to go out and ride, I can do other things at night: read some, party some…
  • It saves me fuel and money.
  • It helps reduce my carbon footprint.
  • I can rack up some good karma.
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Northern Tier of America cycling route

An Indian Going West. To Discover America.

At age 40, in the middle of raising venture funding for my second tech start-up, I had a massive heart attack. It’s a long story, but in essence, while I was lying on the cold OT table and wondering why they were trying to freeze me to death, my loved ones were waiting outside desperately hoping and praying that I make it through. Surprise: I did make it through.

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