Z for Zenobia of Palmyra

Zenobia, the Rebel Queen of Palmyra (from the 3rd Century CE) was truly the stuff that legends are made of. She was the wife of the King of Palmyra Odaenathus but after his death in 267 CE, she took over the reigns of the Palmyrene Empire, instead of retreating to a corner or acting as…

Y for Yaksha

Yakshas (or the feminine Yakshis) are nature spirits that feature prominently in early Buddhist, Hindu and Jain myths and also in artistic depictions.

X for ………

Just as in scrabble, there are a few alphabets in the A to Z Challenge that come with little flags. You’re always apprehensive when you get the Q but actually Q can be your best friend and help you score tons of points if used wisely. Other alphabets such as Z and X though not…

W for War

I know a lot of us will find this strange- but we are possibly living through one of the most peaceful times that has ever been known in the history of humankind. True- today we have terrorism that hangs as a threat over world peace but in a majority of cases countries respect each others’…

V for Victory

Think about it, almost everything we do personally or professionally is done with a view to succeeding or achieving a certain measure of success. Whether it is something like war which is played out on a massive scale or whether it is something intensely personal such as mastering a new skill, success is what we…

U for Umm Qais, Gadara of the Ancient World

First of all, here’s a big round of applause to everyone who has made it to the final week of the A to Z Challenge. Just this week folks and then we’re done! I know I haven’t been regular commenting or visiting- just keeping up with the blog posting is keeping me busy. Getting to…

T for Temples

Since time immemorial man has always sought to connect with God by building sacred spaces. For today’s post I’m putting together a collage of ancient temples from different parts of the world.

S for Sanchi

Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, India,  is the site of multiple Buddhist stupas. This includes the Great Stupa commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya dynasty in the 3rd century BCE. The stupa was modified in the ensuing generations and highly decorated gateways were added in the 1st Century BCE. Any student who grows up studying…

R for Rome

Rome, Roma, Rome! The eternal city! What would the world be without Rome?

Q for Qasr Amra, Jewel of Jordan

I have a fairly simple rule about having a theme for the A to Z Challenge every year. If I cannot think of a post for Q and Z I abandon the theme. Thankfully this time I have a lovely post for Q! Qasr Amra is a desert castle that is located about 80km from…