The shirtless men are spring cleaning their rooftop home today. All the boxes and suitcases that probably lie forgotten under the bed or on top of the cupboards have been pulled out in the open. A once-white towel lies spreadeagled across two plastic chairs.
That’s the view from my window.
You folks are a little luckier. Experts tell us that an increasing number of organizations now feel the need to have a calming green space in the middle of frenetic activity. “It’s almost like every CEO needs to have a view of a garden from his window,” says landscape artist Amitabh Teaotia on Page 11.
In addition to a view, every serious businessman needs a summer suit. We’ve picked our favourites, starting Page 12. And where there is a suit there must be a tie, right? Not if you like US presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s look. See Page 15, for how to get the suit-and-no-tie look right.
There’s lots to read in this issue. My favourites are a dream travelogue on the Galapagos Islands (Page 16); culture stories on world cinema that’s coming to a screen near you and on galleries that are taking shows abroad in the summer (Pages 20 and 21); a great parenting story by award-winning documentary film-maker Mike Pandey on how to ensure your children grow up being friends with nature (Page 7); and Rohit Brijnath’s column on our big Beijing hope (Page 5).
In our 28 April issue we ran a story about Bhavik Gandhi's attempt to row across the Atlantic. When we talked to him then, on Day 42 of his journey, he was having serious problems and was contemplating calling in rescue. But he didn't, and pushed on.
Suffering from salt sores and loneliness, Bhavik was just a few days from finishing when he capsized on 6 June (or Day 98). After struggling to right his boat, Miss Olive, he limped back to rowing, and on 16 June (Day 106) rowed onto the beach at Jabberwock, Antigua.
The end wasn't without hitches either, as Bhavik was caught in terrible wind conditions for the final 10 hours.
Bhavik became the first Asian (and Indian) to row solo and unaided across the Atlantic. While he's sure to miss the two dorados that followed him for the final 640km of his journey, a warm, stable bed, hot meals and walking after 106 days, has its own advantages. Moral of the story? Follow your dreams.
PS: We do have a great terrace at the office. If you peer over the edge and shut out the noise, you’re in Gulmohar heaven.
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