'Giving up a personal automobile for a bicycle is an act of sabotage; collaborating with neighbors to create a local solar microgrid is another; the experience of low-carbon pleasure is still another. The tools are always ready at hand, because the tools are very often simply the reassertion of limbs and minds over fuel-powered machines.'
'I was acquainted from my time in Kolkata that older, middle-class Bengali men would need only one question to enter intolengthy meditations that touched on the colonial and post-colonial history of India, religious pluralism, food habits, or the ups and downs of the ruling Communist Party. Apart from occasional questions from me about something that had just been said, it was more a monologue by Mr Mukharji than a dialogue. And that was fine with me, because I was there to listen and take notes.'