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Dilip DSouza

Mumbai-based writer

Once a computer scientist, Dilip now writes for a living: about development, nationalism, travel, sports and mathematics. He has won several writing awards, including the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek/Daily Beast Commentary Prize. His most recent book is "Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar".

Dilip lives in Bombay with wife Vibha, children Sahir and Surabhi and cats Cleo and Aziz.
How A No-Nonsense Bureaucrat Found Joy And Meaning In mitragnib/Flickr

How A No-Nonsense Bureaucrat Found Joy And Meaning In Birds

My father grew to love the little green-and-red fellows that flitted about on the Ficus tree. Once when I turned up, I remember, he dragged me to the window and pointed to the underside of a thick branch. "She's building a nest!" he said, though I'm not sure how he knew it was a she. Sure enough: we could see some twigs and other indeterminate material in a small hole in the branch, an upside-down barbet industriously jabbing at it all with her beak, flying off to find some more indeterminate material, returning to jab upside-down some more. We didn't ever see any baby barbets, but the thought of them hatching and growing in there was a delicious one.
18/09/2015 8:27 AM IST