Friends are not welcome.

They come for short visits, surround me with happy vibes, make me feel good, make me a social animal.

Then they leave, off to get lost in their busy lives, leaving me behind to wallow in my new-again loneliness.

It’s too hard. Not doing it again. All invitations now stand withdrawn.

As I’ve stated before ever since this season…

As I’ve stated before, ever since this season began I’ve been trying to catch up with Steve.

Till this afternoon, I was happy with my cycling this week – over 150 miles and finally gaining some form. Was very sure I’d have made a big dent in his lead when I went to his blog to check the score. Bugger! Seems like he did 100+ miles as well!

Hope the rain stays away, or mild, next week. Will try again … maybe he’ll slow down from all the heat in his part of the world.

What does Cameron smoke He doesn’t get how…

What does Cameron smoke?

He doesn’t get how social media works. His government can’t figure a policy to tap the social media for better intelligence and riot control. He and his top colleagues don’t bother with it. So, when rioters use it for communication, in stead of tapping in and harnessing social media, he responds like any autocrat would – ‘block them when needed.’

Then he goes out and claims that it was the return & presence of him and his top ministers that got the riots under control. Yes, they were patrolling the streets in their superhero capes while the police were hiding in their stations. This comes from a prime minister who didn’t face the public in presence of media lest the heckling be telecast publicly. The police, the opposition and, now, even most of the public realise that the police numbers on streets of London are already low and cannot be reduced further. He, however, prefers to cut them further and instead wants them to ‘update their policing techniques’.

Well, there are only so many ways for the police to react when they are outnumbered 20-to-1 by rioters on the street. One is what they did – abandon some areas and protect others. Another is to go the way of middle eastern authorities – baton charges, water cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas, and, if nothing else works, live ammunition. Or, perhaps, they could just offer the PM and his top colleagues to the rioters as hostages and peace will return. I prefer the 1st one, but if that doesn’t work, I’d rather have option 3 before the 2nd one.

What London needs is a continuance of its low-force, community policing policies. What it also needs is more boots on the ground, not conservatives in power cutting the good services in the country.

Finally, I’m tired of this PM shouting from the rooftops that everyone needs to take responsibility for their actions, coming as it does from the fella who refused to take any responsibility in l’affair Murdoch for a long time despite pressure from all sides.

I can understand the frustrations of youth from…

I can understand the frustrations of youth from poor neighbourhoods in a govt led by elitist, rich white men.

What I can’t understand is how destroying buses and looting small businesses in poor neighbourhoods improves their lot.

Protest, yes. Go out and stage a march of thousands outside the parliament every day till the government relents.

Rioting & looting, no. Just NO.

Last few tweets..

… just archiving.

Fri Aug 05 21:28:09:

“There’s no way to sugar coat it – if your work habits rely on minimizing windows you’re going to hate GNOME 3.” :(

Sat Aug 06 01:42:59:

Missing the long & strong tropical rain. The one which, once it starts, will go on for a few hours with no breaks :) #missingIndianMonsoons

Sat Aug 06 09:11:52:

Feeling bad for @julykatrae, no one @-mentions her or DMs her anymore. Other than me, that is. Show her some love, twitter!

Sat Aug 06 23:45:09:

2 small pints of beer and 3 tequila shots got me reasonably drunk. Not happy with myself. Off to sleep. Hopefully.

Sat Aug 06 23:57:36:

One night I take off to go drinking with friends and riots start off in Tottenham. London really can’t do without its super hero!

Sun Aug 07 01:00:52:

That frustrating feeling when you feel the tears welling up inside but they refuse to come out. Just finished reading: Half of a yellow sun.

Sun Aug 07 09:56:07:

From a family caught in civil war to families caught in Mumbai’s redevelopment fraud. From Chimamanda Adichie to Arvind Adiga. #Books

Sun Aug 07 13:50:50:

I hate hardcover editions of books :/

Sun Aug 07 13:55:08:

The ‘Ravi Shastri’ of Triathlon coverage just commented “he’s the picture of pain and the model of courage…’ :D #BBC

Sun Aug 07 15:53:03:

Glory glory Man United! :D

Sun Aug 07 15:54:05:

Also… just saw the movie… bhaag bhaag d k bose d k bose d k bose d k… bhaag bhaag

I’ve been good. And I’m better when drunk :)