Route 79

Reflections on a bus journey home

From London: By a British, European, 2nd-Generation Indian. Probably confused - but proud to be them all! Half of my journey to and from work is a 20-30 minute bus ride: London Bus Route 79 - between Alperton in West London and Kingsbury in North West London. I very frequently get pissed-off and frustrated waiting around in the DARK, WET and COLD - waiting for the 79 to turn up. But I have to be eternally grateful for the quality thinking time I get to myself.
Posted on December 22 2009 by Jag @ 9:44 pm

(Turn up the volume and press the green button for a musical accompaniment to the narrative of this ending. Then fix your eyes and focus on infinity on the lights on the front of the bus for a moment.)

Route 79: Creeping through the night.
(Taken with my cameraphone in Kingsbury, London NW9.)

Standards deviate. Often. And especially this year. And when they do you carry on. As you do. And you do. Neglect is an accusation often aimed at the interlocutor, but in your case it’s me who bears the burden of lacking. For you’re always there when I look over my shoulder. And never there when I’m waiting in hope. In the dark, the wet and the cold. The last twelve months have had me dreaming too much and consequently I cannot account for any, nor much, of. It.

Is this how it’s destined to be now?

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Let’s hope that 2010 will last on the memory a little more than this year, and that loyalties return to those we care the most for once again.

(Music is Wonderland by London-born singer/songwriter Raissa Khan-Panni, a song with which I fell in love with in the serendipitous act of being kept on-hold for far too long on the telephone to a Customer Services helpline. Click here to find the track on Spotify.)



  1. Happy Christmas !

    Comment kindly left by Mark — December 23, 2009 @ 10:22 am

  2. Happy Christmas Mark!

    Comment kindly left by Jag — December 23, 2009 @ 9:57 pm

  3. Excellent choice of music Jag.
    I wish you and your family a Healthy and Happy New Year.
    A good time to once again say thank you for your blog. Always entertaining and interesting.

    Comment kindly left by Bernie — December 28, 2009 @ 8:43 am

  4. Thanks Bernie! And likewise: wishing you and your family all the best in 2010.

    Comment kindly left by Jag — January 1, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

  5. Where has everybody gone?
    Still suffering from a New Year hangover?
    Come on, get posting.
    You know it makes sense!

    Comment kindly left by Bernie — January 27, 2010 @ 8:38 am

  6. Hey, I love ur blog. Ru on facebook?? Thnx.

    Comment kindly left by Neetu — March 25, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

  7. May 15th … now i see the truth in the word “Epilogue”.

    What has happened in your life that you no longer wish to carry this rather good, and very enjoyable journal, onward.

    Very best wishes to you and your family.

    Comment kindly left by Pondlife — May 15, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  8. Pondlife, I agree with you 100%.
    Come back Jag…

    Comment kindly left by Bernie — May 17, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

  9. I miss this blog, but found that Jag is still updating — and the pictures there are unmistakably his!

    Comment kindly left by Mike — June 9, 2010 @ 11:52 am

  10. Jag why have you given up on such a wonderful blog/site?
    OK thats not my concern & yet the site is still up & running!
    You sounded very mataphysical in your last post ( December last year ) . Perhaps you could just make a comment?

    Comment kindly left by Tom — July 16, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

  11. Oh gosh please don’t let this die:-(

    Comment kindly left by Happybutterfly — July 25, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

  12. Please, please tell us that you will return someday soon. I’ve loved and still love your comments and all the recipes. You are sorely missed.

    Comment kindly left by Margaret Kuhl — September 5, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  13. I miss your postings and hope you are locked in your kitchen, creating lots of new recipes to share with us!

    Comment kindly left by BobInNYC — September 21, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  14. Hi Jag,
    I miss your blog. I didnt know how to cook Indian meals, and my mother would tell that to the world. Because of your fantastic recipes, I can cook!
    This is a shot in the dark, but did you move away where your bus / route 79 is no longer the inspiration? Or is it the excessive Facebook, Twitter mania that you have stopped? Please come back… Indians in the US love you!
    Your fan,

    Comment kindly left by Mal — September 22, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

  15. Jag,
    I can’t believe that you have stopped blogging! Ever since your pilchard curry recipe lured me onto your wonderful blog site, I think it is the best I have ever read.
    What happened? Come back, please!

    Comment kindly left by Majic — October 15, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

  16. I tried your rogan josh recipe and am comletely blown away with the results. The maintream recipe sites do not come close to what you have provided. I am in awe and in immense debt to you for providing us with the most incredible list of recipes.

    Your sincerely
    Mark Brouwer
    Cape Town
    South Africa

    Comment kindly left by Mark Brouwer — October 29, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  17. Come back Jag, master blogger above all bloggers, please make it to the next bus. We miss your blogger vibes, man 🙂

    Comment kindly left by wapqueen — November 13, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

  18. Whoa 2010 went by in a hurry…good thing too a lot of it was rough

    Hopefully 2011 will be a little easier

    Happy New year

    Comment kindly left by Fritz — December 12, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  19. Hi!

    How do I get in touch with the writer of route 79?


    Comment kindly left by Julie Walters — May 12, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

  20. hi Jag,
    whats going on? no posting recently!

    Comment kindly left by taj — July 30, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  21. Nice blog, great recipes (and very well explained). Stumbled upon this seeking for a Rogan Josh recipe. Thanks a lot for your hard work.

    Comment kindly left by Juan — August 27, 2011 @ 3:25 am

  22. Jag, I see you have made a reappearance on Diamond Geezer’s site …28/08/2011

    Comment kindly left by Bernie — August 28, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

  23. I tried leaving a comment in your post featuring Punjabi Chicken. For some reason its not getting through. Leaving my feedback here hoping it will get through. 🙂

    I bookmarked Punbabi Chicken recipe ages ago but got to make it only recently. It was outright delicious. Thanks for sharing a wonderful Punjabi recipe.

    I’m not sure you remember me. I’m Sailu @ Sailus Kitchen – Indian Recipes

    Comment kindly left by Sailu — September 16, 2011 @ 3:03 am

  24. It’s funny how one meanders through the Net rubbernecking at the sights and sounds, poking, prodding and absorbing…
    And there are some that stay with you. Like this blog.
    I know that we move on. I like the fact that some leave their stuff for others to enjoy, and I’m glad you have done so. I am fascinated at the fact that with the Net now knee-deep in cooking and recipe pages, I still keep coming back to this one. You just did something here that made it a fun and pleasant stopping-off place.
    Cheers, thanks and all the best from Melbourne…

    Comment kindly left by rashad — April 1, 2013 @ 6:37 am

  25. Hi Jag, I’ve been reading your blog and recently moved to Kingsbury myself. I read something in your blog that I’d like to know more about and think I have something cool to share with you. Please drop me an email if you see this 🙂

    Comment kindly left by Sam — May 24, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  26. Realised that last comment was vague, that’s deliberate. I’m not a spam bot though haha

    Comment kindly left by Sam — May 24, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  27. I have read your blog for years and keep coming back to it frequently for recipes.
    Just wonder why you stopped? Are you writing elsewhere?

    Comment kindly left by Radha — July 4, 2013 @ 2:38 am

  28. Well Well. It’s been a few years but I remembered this lovely blog spot and am so happy to find its still here.
    I came upon this probably after you’d already finished blogging while searching for curries – this is hands down the single best tool for teaching about making curries. The recipies and methods are perfection. A heart felt thank you for sharing you time, life and energy with us. I’ve shared this page with others too 🙂

    Comment kindly left by Almandala — October 16, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

  29. Yours was a blog I used to read regularly back in the mid-2000s (I think). Please do come back – would be good to see you again. Or if you could put a contact e-mail on my blog, would appreciate it.

    – Porcupine

    Comment kindly left by some body — January 20, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

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