Year in review: 10 images from 2017

Wow! 2017 is almost done. In a few more hours, we will begin a new year. A new cycle of winter, spring, summer and fall or summer, fall, winter and spring if you live in the southern hemisphere- at least in fashion if not in real weather patterns. 2017 was my first full calendar year…

Fireworks- Dubai Shopping Festival

If there’s one thing that Dubai does really well, it’s fireworks. So it will be interesting to how the laser show that is replacing the traditional New Year’s Fireworks at Downtown (Burj Khalifa) will fare. I was one of the millions of people who were downtown last year and I have no intention of repeating…

‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ in the Bardo

(Note: If you are someone who reads a book without reading the blurb on the back cover or the inside jacket, please skip this post. There are no plot reveals in the book, so I won’t talk of spoilers but I do talk about the book quite a lot. Just saying!) ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’…

Weekly Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourite

It is so extremely hard to have to pick out one or even a few photographs to represent the year or call my favourites. I had loads of good moments and a few not so good moments. If I absolutely had to pick one photograph that would help me look back and think fondly of…

A pretty little village called Hemis Shupkachan

How do you visualise paradise when you close your eyes? Blue skies with fluffy white clouds, rolling meadows of green grass, gentle streams burbling through day and night? Does that photograph come close? I shot this photograph in a village called Hemis Shupkachan when I was trekking in Ladakh in early September. Apparently ‘Shupka’ in…

Window Views

Who amongst us has not looked out of the window of an airplane and marvelled at the sights that we can see below us? Even the most jaded frequent flyer must at times feel a moment of thrill looking at a multi colour banded sunset over the horizon. Thanks to social media and particularly instagram,…

Dougga, Tunisia

The Capitol in any Roman town was the main temple dedicated to the triad of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. It is assumed that the Capitol in Dougga (or Thugga as it is also called) was built in the late 2nd Century AD. This view is through a door frame from the House of Lacheb. We…

Peacock Mosaics

On my recent trip to Tunisia I had the chance to see some spectacular mosaics from the ancient Roman North African period. Some of these mosaics were nothing less than coloured stone carpets. The depiction of flora and fauna was a predominant theme in these mosaics and I was drawn to the the intricate detailing…

The recommendations from my book list

So I received a couple of requests from people to tell them which books I particularly enjoyed from my list. I thought I’d do a quick roundup of the books I liked and the ones I found challenging. If I could only re-read one book from the list it would be Emily St John Mandel…

Ye Olde Book Mosaic 2017

*drum roll* Aaaand the 2017 book mosaic is here. I had to scrunch up the books into 13 columns so I could fit into four rows but the titles are really small so I’ve also listed the books in the chronological order I read them below Book Author Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C Clarke The…