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  • Gurgaon critical mass cycling – a new beginning
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 January 2011

    After the excesses of the new-year partying, you’d expect that on a cold and windy Sunday morning people might want to stay tucked in a little bit longer. Perhaps spend a lazy Sunday morning at...

  • Doodling in Math Class?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  24 December 2010

    I wish I had taken advance math in school/college. Can’t say what would have happened to my math skills, but I am sure my doodling would have improved. See what Vi Hart, a self-claimed recreational...

  • Who cares about bicycles or about climate change?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  08 December 2010

    Since Delhi climate bicycle ride was going to be only 11 kilometers and on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor, I thought it might be fun for my 10 year old child to participate in,...

  • Will my cycling to work help save our environment?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  01 December 2010

    For about a month now I have been using a cycle as my primary mode of transport (as opposed to a car). Thinking to myself that it is good for me, good for the environment...

  • Are we poisoning our children?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  17 November 2010

    Many of us buy our children cycling helmets, make sure they stay belted in the cars, buy best quality non-toxic stationary and toys… now if someone accuses us slow poisoning our children, we will of...

  • Storming of the Indorie Qila
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  15 November 2010

    We finally raised the PedalYatri flag on the Indorie Qila (Indorie Fort). Of course it was a notional one on wikimapia, but it felt special because two of our previous attempts of finding and reaching...

  • Celeberating Diwali the ‘modern’ way?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  05 November 2010

    After spending a whole day diligently wishing everybody ‘Happy Diwali’, a thought just crossed my mind: what are we so happy about? Maybe it is the noise, or the pungent burning smell, or maybe it...

  • Do you need a helmet when cycling?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  03 November 2010

    Watch this video. And if you are still not convinced about the virtues of wearing a helmet then surely you must have a very thick skull! Interesting product idea too, for those who worry about...

  • Which camera should I buy?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  02 November 2010

    I am often asked ‘Which camera should I buy?’ Sometimes the query is about digital SLR (DSLR) cameras, at other times it is about point-and-shoot (P&S) cameras. After trying to answer the question in short...

  • Why do I cycle?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 October 2010

    First published in Times of India on October 29, 2010. Nice to be featured in the ‘Just4Her’ section of ‘What’s Hot’ ;-). If you can afford to ride a motorcycle or a car, then why...

  • Sign the UN petition to end hunger now
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  28 October 2010

    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) started an online petition to put pressure of governments to end hunger. The petition will be presented to governments at an event taking place in Rome,...

  • Junk food -- just what the doctor ordered?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  22 October 2010

    For sometime now I have held this belief that we need to market healthy food to kids as if it were junk food. I sometimes ‘joke’ that if we were to stop our children from...

  • The Great Indian Economic Rope Trick
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  21 October 2010

    The mantra “world’s-second fastest-growing-economy” is often thrown at every problem this country faces as if it were a solution. It reminds me of the ‘mere pas ma hai’ dialogue from ‘Deewar’. I must admit that...

  • Packing suggestion for multi-day self-supported cycling trip
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  11 October 2010

    After I came back from my recent self-supported Manali to Leh cycling trip many people wanted to know what I carried on the trip. So here is a list based on what we carried. There...

  • Manali to Leh – Self-supported cycling trip
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 October 2010

    After years of thinking about it and weeks of planning we finally did it. Close to 600 kms of cycling from Manali to Leh (because Tanglang La was closed and we had to take a...

  • Hiking in the Spiti valley
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  10 July 2010

    In June I traveled almost the entire length of the Spiti valley in the ‘European backpacker’ style. Using local buses (non-a/c with non-reclining seats), hitching rides, and hiking– from village to village and from monastery...

  • Affluenza?
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  29 June 2010

    affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more… An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by the relentless desire for...

  • Top 40 Outstanding Nature Photographs - a set on Flikr
    by Ajay Jaiman  |  24 June 2010

    The International League of Conservation Photographers, a fellowship of the top professional conservation photographers working today, was recruited to nominate nature photographs that the member photographers considered to be ‘the best,’ in whatever way they...