Why is the clay at Roland Garros so unique?

The red clay at Roland Garros (Source: The Independent UK)

“I look up. I’m lying on the floor beside the bed. I remember now. I moved from the bed to the floor in the middle of the night. I do that most nights. Better for my back… I count to three, then start the long, difficult process of standing… I’m a young man, relatively speaking. Thirty-six. But I wake up as if ninety-six. After three decades of sprinting, stopping on a dime, jumping high and landing hard, my body no longer feels like my body, especially in the morning.”

This is…


The Formula 1 troupe descends upon the glitz and glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix…

The streets of Monte Carlo (Credit: F1 Official Website)

Formula 1 tends to elicit extreme views. There are those that discard the sport as a waste of time, reasoning that it is simply a bunch of drivers endlessly doing rounds of a circuit. But then there are those that are ardent followers, fascinated by the many variables that can determine the outcome of a race. I feature among the latter. Does the particular racetrack suit cars with better straight-line speed? Or is it better for cars that shine on low-speed corners? How did the…


As we know, eclectic is a word that means to derive from a wide range of sources.

I have always been interested in a broad variety of topics. From Ferrari taking the chequered flag in a Formula 1 race to the Supreme Court of India striking down a law because it was held to be an invasion of the individual’s right to privacy. From conducting walking tours in Old(est) Bombay to chuckling at Parisians’ obsession with baguettes and fromage.

This blog is an attempt to share my experiences and views on these diverse issues with you — sometimes a critique, other times an insight; but hopefully always entertaining.

Siddharth Joshi

‘The Eclectic’ is a blog at the intersection of sport, law and culture.

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