Monday, May 02, 2016


I started biking after some 18 years. Thoroughly out of breath, huffing and puffing, my muscles screaming, I could barely bike a few miles. It did not help that I could not figure out the gears, and there were like seven of them. 

I recently watched Piku, where they showed the 70-year old Amitabh Bachchan suddenly biking to Shyam Bazar and Dalhousie and God knows where one fine morning . That day, he biked like 12-15 miles? 

Given that Bollywood references are a central point in my life, I told a friend how unfit I am, wondering how the old man did it. 

Me: "I don't know how he did it."

My friend (impassive expression): 'Remember, he died the next day in his sleep."

Such thoughtful friends I have!


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