What are you doing for the environment?

Almost all of us bloggers here on wordpress love those beautiful landscape images. Images of unbroken canopies of forest green or verdant slopes of alpine mountains in spring, of unsullied crystal blue waters of a stream or even the sparkling sands of a desert. We love them all and can’t get enough of them either…

European Union and Brexit

I’m neither European nor British but over a decade ago I chose to do my Masters in Contemporary European Studies. Contemporary in that we didn’t focus on anything before World War II. I then followed that up with a 6 month internship at the European Commission in Brussels so I got a chance to observe…

Random Musings

Theme a la Murakami Working in my hotel room in the middle of nowhere, I was suddenly overcome by this urge to listen to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. You know, one of those urges that you cannot resist. When that bit of music becomes an earworm that you can get out only by actually listening to…

Been a While

Just when I thought I was being spectacularly regular on my blog I got sidetracked. Awfully. So much so that I think it has nearly been a week since I last posted or even visited my blog. It’s probably not a bad thing to take a break once in a while- it gives you a…

Art Imitates Life- Or does it?

Yesterday’s WPC theme- ‘Life Imitates Art’ got me thinking. I remembered that it has already been a year since I visited Cochi for the Kochi Muziris Biennale– India’s leading art event in a beautiful setting. I remembered seeing there a series of photographs that had piqued my interest. Titled “The Arrival of Vasco da Gama”…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time(Lapse)

This week’s photo challenge theme is Time.  Time, time, time- what is time? Is is just another dimension of the Universe that we can feel but we cannot see? Time can be extremely frustrating- running away from us all the times(!) that we want it to stay and overstaying its hospitality when we want it…

Planetary Allignment, January Round-up: Life goes on

That’s right folks! We’re already at the end of January. Feels like we just woke up on 1st January doesn’t it? Believe it or not, 11 more cycles of this and we’ll all be wishing each other a Happy New Year once again. So if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to stop wishing…

Miracle, Bird or Golden Handiwork…

You may be wondering what may have inspired my using a line from Yeat’s ‘Byzantium’ as a title for my post. Quite simply, it was a bird- a metal bird. The one pictured in the photograph above. I recently purchased this board from the Tribal Museum at Bhopal (a fantastic museum that you should definitely…

The Annual Book Mosaic 2015

First, a very happy New Year to all my readers! Starting in 2014, I started publishing a book mosaic of all the books I had read the previous year. You can see the books I read in 2013 and in 2014. This has now become an annual tradition and I now present to you the…

Remembering Hiroshima

Tomorrow is the 6th of August. 70 years ago the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. The explosion and its aftereffects caused the deaths of more than a hundred thousand people. Looking at the cityscape of Hiroshima today, you would be hard pressed to believe that Hiroshima suffered such…

July: Looking Back

First of all Eid Mubarak to my friends out there in the world! I was fortunate enough to have visited Turkey in the holy month of Ramzan/ Ramadan this year and visited the impressive Sultanahmet Mosque also called the Blue Mosque. I was so touched by the devotion and dedication of Muslims who were fasting…

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…