Mahesh has been in Oman for almost 25 years. He worked with the State Bank of India group, Banque Indo Suez, BankMuscat and Merrill Lynch before starting Trinity Investments. Why Trinity? Apparently because of the three women in his life... his wife and two daughters! You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beware the Ides of September, which unlike that of March does not fall on the 15th of this month but is actually today…the 13th day of September! Two years ago the Ides of September was not on an alternate Wednesday, yet it did get written about in TT-138. And from 138 to 186 has been some journey indeed…while some 48 columns were written in two years, the mind-set of people appears to have regressed by some 480 years or so.
“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty that has seen one season too many” wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes. And as Sherlock - the other Holmes would deduce, summer appears to be ebbing away and cooler climes are peeping out from behind the warm and hazy summer curtain. Ahlan September!
Happy 70th guys…wishing both of you peace and happiness! Now that you two have celebrated your birthdays yesterday and the day before, courtesy Sir Cyril Radcliffe, don’t think one should now suggest to you to “have a blast”, lest some of your chaps take it literally! So as both of you get another year older, here is hoping that you fellows finally stop your bickering and transcend your sibling rivalry and may better sense prevail. Oh, and the same goes for the other two plump kids out there in DC and NK, who are insisting on playing dangerous games with their dangerous toys in an attempt to be macho.
Adieu July…ahlan wasahlan August! “It is best to be born in April or August when the life-giving Sun is in its exaltation sign Aries or Leo, its home, for then we enter the sea of life on the crest-wave and are backed in the battle of existence by an abundant fund of vim and energy.” So wrote Max Heindel. Being an April born, who am I to object or even question him? He must have done his research and would have realised that the April and August born enjoy in equal quantities, what Wodehouse refers to as “the gall of an army mule and the calm insouciance of a fish on a slab of ice.”
Hail King Roger VIII for achieving immortality…and though I am not the “I told you so” sort, please don’t tell me that I didn’t tell you! Our local oracle Atticus had predicted this, and in case you are a member of the doubting ilk, then do read last fortnight’s TT. Roger Federer is now officially anointed as King Roger the Eighth after having joined the ranks of the Gods of tennis, and having become the GOAT (Greatest Of All Times). But I kid you not - the goat is actually a tiger on court, having the same grace, determination, grit and killer instinct as that magnificent creature of the jungles; quite unlike the other Tiger meandering in the woods, who seems to have lost the bite after having become a cheetah!