The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

I recently read Alain de Botton’s ‘The Architecture of Happiness”- part of my backlog crunch list. I bought this book way back in 2011 from a bookstore in Kanchanaburi, Thailand and it only took me about 4 years to get to it. I’m sure there are other books that have been waiting longer but anyway…

Weekly Photo Challenge: On the Way

This week’s photo challenge is about posting a photograph of a place or something/one you encountered whilst you were on your way to your destination. Anything on this theme immediately brings to my mind one of the best (and frustrating at parts) road journeys I ever did- my trip to Ladakh in 2011. I can’t…

Guest Post: Destination Dubai by Mathangi Jeyabal

I’ve always wanted to feature a guest writer on my blog except that I’ve always found it hard to convince someone to actually write for my blog. So I’m very excited to present the first part of a journey to Dubai written by my friend Mathangi. Mathangi is a good friend, a fellow polyglot and…

More Mist at Yamanakako

A few weeks ago I posted a few photographs of the mist over Lake Yamanaka near Mt Fuji in Japan. Here’s one more photo in Black & White of the mist and the trees.

Mighty Monday: The Farnese Bull

It’s Monday- you feel like you’re having a tough time? You might want to think about Dirce who is just about to be mowed by the mighty bull in one of the most exquisite and magnificent sculptures to have reached us from ancient times. The Farnese Bull is a sculpture in Hellenistic style that today…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

“Your heart is as stone” is the worst insult someone can throw at you. Hearts break easily. But stones break too. Stones are as vulnerable to the ravages of emotions, time and forces of nature as is the heart. For this week’s challenge I am presenting a photograph of a broken piece of masonry from…

Colour Pop II

Chennai has very few things going for it. Crowded, congested, crazy etc etc. However spectacular sunrises along the beach are something that happen quite frequently. Here’s a shot from a few Sundays ago.