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November 23, 2011

a few good men: a specially ordinary story


name: jayant kumar | mood: happy | from: patna | latest news: he's got a management job he likes in gurgaon

he came to the hostel in delhi public school, mathura road, in 1996, after quitting his previous school in dalhousie. already familiar with the regimen followed in a residential school, he took no time in entering the gang of old boys in dps. the rules were much relaxed here than they were in dalhousie.

after college he went to chennai for a post-graduate programme in management. although his first time in the city, in his own words, he said nobody ever thought he was from outside the city.

much happened. we met several times since school. then he returned to delhi a month ago. on the day he got the offer letter, we decided to visit someplace quiet. i, too, was planning for a longer holiday and would be out of town. there is a good kebab place near humayun's tomb, where we used to eat as far back as 1996. after lunch we headed to the tomb, from where a tiny speck of the terrace of the dps hostel building can be seen.


















the next generation walks into the gate.

other friends. deepak bhojwani is busy at his reebok store. pawan chauhan is busy protecting his
interests in mainpuri ahead of the uttar pradesh assembly election. tashi nurboo is waiting for
clearance to start his travel company in leh. i don't know where amit kumar is. jayant, as you know,
won't get leave since he has just joined work. that leaves rajat swami, the marwari businessman in guwahati, the first to get married in the group of six mischief-makers of 1995.

rajat had called on his wedding day in 2009, thinking i had arrived in jaipur. i told him, "man i came to the andamans today. sorry man."

but rajat is coming to my wedding. "i am not like you," he said.

-- this post was automatically scheduled to be webcast on november 23, 2011 --

November 12, 2011

candle in the wind

 

your candle burned out long before
your legend ever did...

 i shambled after as i've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "awww!" -- on the road, jack kerouac

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