The long absence was because of a mammoth story for Tehelka, easily the biggest I've ever written. For three days, as I wrote the piece, English felt like a foreign language. And then, faced with a Blogger 'compose' window, every inhibition disappeared. Perhaps it's because MS Word looks intimidating with that large white space to fill. Perhaps writing gigantic stories in the Blogger window will help. Things seem to just be, you know, more friendly.