Turkish Evil Eye Beads

What do you think of when you think of Turkey? Istanbul? Turkish Rugs? Whirling Dervishes? Evil Eye beads? They are quite iconic aren’t they? I learnt recently that Turkish Eye beads have their origins in the myth of Medusa. Anybody who looked at Medusa directly in her eyes was turned to stone. So it is…

Weekly Photo Challenge: My Muse: Sunrise & Sunsets

This week’s Photo Challenge asks people to talk about their muse- the subject they keep going back for photography. For me it definitely has to be sunrises and sunsets. I love watching them and to photograph them is pure pleasure and I don’t mind the exceptionally early mornings for a great sunrise.

Something Spectacular: Mt Fuji at Sunrise

When was the last time you saw something spectacular? Something that was so amazing it took your breath away. For me it was the time I saw the rays of the sun lighting up Mt Fuji. I had arrived at Yamanakako with very low expectations. It was supposed to be cloudy and rainy and even…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off Season- Just Before Monsoon

The resort where we stayed at Thattekad, Kerala in April 2012 closed down for the monsoons. The peak season for birding is actually from September to March and after that there is hardly anybody as the place is almost flooded during the monsoons. We were actually the only ones there. In response to The Weekly…

Adieu Maggi!

If you’ve been in India over the last week, you would have to have been living in a cave to have avoided any news about Nestle’s iconic brand of instant noodles- Maggi- being caught in a maelstrom of controversy. Tests conducted on packs (especially the tastemaker) indicated high levels of lead and MSG. Maggi first…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid: Frescoes from an Emperor’s House

The House of Augustus, Emperor of Rome, lies on the Palatine Hill. In the olden days the Palatine Hill was top real estate and it was no surprise that the man who referred to himself as “Princeps” (First/ foremost) had his house located there. However strategic location apart, the house was built and decorated very…

‘Kimono’ed in Kyoto

Kyoto- the very mention of the city evokes exotic images of a world away from the world- a world of geisha, of narrow tree lined streets ending in quiet temples, of peace, tranquility and zen. A walk around the Gion district in Kyoto and it is almost like you stepped back in time. One of…