Mausoleum of Galla Placida, Ravenna

Ravenna in Italy is a hotbed of early Christian art and architecture- especially mosaics. And one of the buildings that impresses visitors with its carpet like mosaic walls and ceilings is the Mausoleum of Galla Placida. It is said that the building was built by Galla Placida, the daughter of Emperor Theodosius (the last single…

History through manga- Shigeru Mizuki’s Showa Japan

A while ago I had written about how I’d visited the Aquincum museum at Budapest and how impressed I was with their exhibition “Dark Spells at Aquincum” which brought the history and lore of curse tablets and other dark rituals from Ancient Roman times to the visitors in a simple and easy to understand and…

Happy Birthday Wonder Woman!

A real life wonder woman and one whom I’m privileged to call my sister. Now, now, as siblings we’ve almost never given in to gushing displays of affection. When I sometimes look at facebook profiles of my female friends with sisters who post sugary sweet posts of them bonding with their sisters I look on…

Brandon Sanderson stuns with Arcanum Unbounded

Somewhere tens of thousands of years ago, evolution took a leap and the human species achieved the ability to project and grasp abstract concepts. Although this is what allowed civilisation to flourish and that is a grand story, our ability to absorb abstractions also allowed us to develop our love for myths, stories and story…

Radiance

Go back to any of my previous posts featuring flowers and I would have stated the obvious that flowers are one of my favourite subjects for photography. They are naturally beautiful and patient, posing endlessly for you (unless it’s a breezy day). I found this particular flower in my sister’s garden. It’s golden radiance is…

Travelling Vegan

Growing up as a vegetarian in Chennai, India, where a considerable size of the population was also vegetarian and vegetarianism was something that was passed down as part of your roots and religion as the moral high ground, I often came across a few interesting cases of people on selective diets. These were people who…

Book store love- Borri Books, Rome

Rome is awesome. Therefore Rome’s central railway station- Roma Termini- is also awesome. The fact that Roma Termini has an amazing book store makes it just incredibly awesome. So much awesomess can only be found in Rome. Jokes aside, Borri Books at Roma Termini station is a pretty amazing book store. The bookstore is a…

Weekly Photo Challenge- Unlikely

So how likely was it that I was going to be able to see the full arc of a rainbow? I live in Dubai where we only get rains a few days every year- forget the chances of seeing a rainbow, though the sunrises and sunsets in winter can be spectacular. I was thrilled when…

Porta Leoni- Verona

Yesterday, I spoke about the Porta Borsari in Verona and mentioned that there was one other gate which survived from the Roman times. This is the Porta Leoni. Unfortunately we do not know how the gate was referred to in Roman times. We call it Porta Leoni because of a sarcophagus that was found with…

Porta Borsari- the Roman gate in Verona

Verona claims to be the city in Italy that has the maximum number of ancient Roman monuments after Rome (I’m guessing that they don’t count towns like Pompeii and Herculaneum in these kind of lists). After a city makes a claim like that, I feel fairly obliged to go take a look and so I…

When you make a spectacularly awful joke…

The person on the extreme left of this panel looks like he made a spectacularly awful joke but nobody is having it.  There is not even a trace of a smile on anybody’s face. Joke maker’s reaction: “I’ll just get my coat then!” Everybody else’s reaction: “K” Hope that made you laugh! Have a good…