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Then end? …nah

_____________ “All travel is circular… after all, the grand tour is just the inspired man’s way of heading home.” _____________ I’ve been putting off writing this blog for a few weeks now — the whole business of it all seems a bit too final for my liking. I’m not ready for any sort of au … Continue reading

Support women’s rugby development in India: Buy a t-shirt, look foxy, get dirty

You’ve read this blog, you’ve seen some faces and heard the stories: you may be asking yourself “Gee golly Robin, these are these just the baddest chicks around! What can I do to support the cause of rugby development in India?“ Well aren’t you lucky that I have an answer for you! RFS Pune, my … Continue reading

Player profile: sitting down with Bhagya from Orissa

It was her explosive laugh and mischievous grin that made me instantly like Bhagya.  She reminded me of one of my feistiest friends from college, and her method of overcoming our language barrier by throwing playful punches immediately won me over. I talk fast; faster when I’m nervous, even faster when I’m excited. Robin, I … Continue reading

Player profiles: Surabhi and Shru from RFS Pune

The morning was spent tucked into books at the coffee shop. Alas…what could have been a leisurely study sesh turned into a stubborn battle of my sanity vs. Justin Beiber techno remixes and heavy construction. Turns out that those tracks play on loop and none of the guys drilling next door ever found the need … Continue reading

Schoolyard ruckus

This past Saturday, Surabhi, Anna, our coach Surhud Sir and I went down to the old city for an afternoon rugby session with one of the grammar schools. In order to develop the sport, our coach has taken up his post as a professional rugby ambassador: he has been conducting training sessions in different NGOs … Continue reading

“soo…how’s india?”

How is it December?! How did this happen and where did it come from and how to hell did December creep up like this? And — the most pressing question — how am I going to bake Christmas cookies with no oven? We’ve mastered the scrambling-brownies-in-a-pan technique and the deep-frying apple pie samosas (props to … Continue reading

Community develoment through rugby: Spending time with the Tag Rugby Trust in Bhubaneswar, Orissa

[Part 1] Where I lament about my laptop, teach some kids to dance and play rugby with camels: We’re fearful of death.  The great beyond, reincarnation, a black void, where ever your respective religious beliefs tell you that you’re headed, we all at some point in time, will have to come to terms with it.  … Continue reading

The All-Asia Women’s Rugby 7s Championship

Much belated and not-so-creatively titled… but here we are! While the rest of the world had it’s eyes glued to the rucking and mauling going on down at the world cup in New Zealand, the city of Pune was focused on the All-Asia Women’s 7s Championship… which just happened to take place on the outskirts … Continue reading

Eat, sleep, play, repeat: staying at the national women’s rugby training camp

The cop didn’t believe Neha when she told him that she plays scrumhalf for the Indian women’s rugby side. Standing at 5’2″ and weighing in at a whopping 99 lbs, at first glance one would never guess that she’s one of the most explosive players in the country. He still didn’t believe us when she … Continue reading

My life is so weird, all of the time.

Let me preface this post by saying that the more and more I’ve traveled, the more and more I realize that we inhabit a very, very a SMALL  world. More often than not I’ve noticed that the universe tends to work it’s strange magic in my life (though tend to be on the fence about … Continue reading

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