The Mausoleum at Dougga

Just yesterday, I was speaking to a colleague of mine about all the photographs I have accumulated from my travels that I’ve never had the chance to post or talk about on my blog. My trip to Tunisia from last November is a case in point as was my trek along Hadrian’s Wall earlier this…

The Old Library Dubai reopens…book lovers rejoice

Earlier in June this year The Old Library Dubai, an English language library run entirely by volunteers had to shut its doors. This was prompted because Mall of the Emirates, where the library was located, had other plans for the space. The library was not the only space impacted. DUCTAC, a much loved cultural space…

Peripateticism- Holbeinsteg Bridge, Frankfurt

The dictionary defines the adjective peripatetic as “of, relating to or given to walking” or “moving or travelling from one place to another”. Bridges are the representations of man’s peripatetic longings- the outcome of that desire to move from one place to another, the urge that makes humans walk, move, travel from one side of…

At the start of every work week

I’m sure a lot of us feel this way when our alarms go off on Sunday or Monday mornings. Cheer up, the weekend is only 5 days away!

A Babylonian Lion roaring through the centuries

You can read more about this lion on the British Museum’s website. This image was shot with a fish-eye lens which gives it a sense of curvature. I did try correcting it but the lion immediately looked flat and plastered. I feel that the distortion gives the lion a sense of closeness, of motion.

Pleiades Rising

This was one of the images I had captured during my recent trip to Leh in September. I’ve always been fascinated by the Pleiades star cluster. Growing up it was one of the most spectacular set of close stars that you could see in the sky on a clear night. The cluster is located in…

Memories of a late summer visit to Oxford

We’re officially in November. Even in Dubai, the dregs of summer are being blown away by the cool evening breeze. Where has the year gone? I haven’t written in my blog for a couple of weeks. I have good weeks when I’m posting every day and then I have weeks when I don’t want to…

Booker lists, an Etruscan sarcophagus, Kabuki and feminism

And a brief history of the world while you’re at it… kidding! My weekend mornings are devoted to catching up with household chores including cleaning and cooking. And because I can’t just be cleaning and cooking, I always take this time to either listen to music or catch up on my decade long podcast backlog….

Arthur Conan Doyle, Ancient Rome and Brexit (sort of)

Earlier this year I decided that in addition to reading more modern works of fiction and non-fiction, I would also dip into older works. So far I have read a few plays by Henrik Ibsen, Thoreau’s ‘Walden’, Daphne du Maurier’s ‘My Cousin Rachel’ and short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The last was my mother’s…