Dark Spells in Aquincum

I’m a big fan of accessible history. What do I mean by that? Unfortunately for a lot of us, history is not taught well in schools and once we are grown up we get caught in the rush of our daily lives that we often only have time enough for random snippets of history presented…

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Sidi Bou Said is a town located close to Carthage and not too far away from the capital Tunis. The charming town is spread out over the side of a steep hill and overlooks the sea. But the most eye-catching feature about the town is that it is entirely decorated in white and blue. Makes…

Haruki Murakami- new book alert and a quick primer

Even if you haven’t read a single book by Murakami, chances are high that you’ve at least heard his name once in literary circles. Well, Murakami is in the news again- that’s right. A new book of his is on the horizon. Here’s a Murakami primer if you’re not aware of him or his works….

Creative expression through the ages: Bhimbetka Caves

Mid-January marks the start of the harvest festival celebrations in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India. Two years ago, I took the opportunity of a long weekend to travel to Bhopal to view two UNESCO world heritage sites- Sanchi and Bhimbetka caves. It was an eventful journey getting there what with fog delaying the…

Ajanta Caves: Splendours of a bygone age

About 18 months ago, I managed to visit two UNESCO declared world heritage sites that are located close to the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India. They were Ajanta and Ellora caves. They are called caves because in both instances the monuments have been artificially caved into mountainsides rather than being built in natural caves….

Night in the desert

In late August last year I went with a friend of mine on a night safari of the desert at Dubai (at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve). I did the tour with Arabian adventures. I had fairly low expectations from the tour so was quite surprised by the fact that the tour turned out to…

Trekking in Ladakh: A few things to keep in mind

I’ve been wanting to write this post for about four months now. Right from the time I went trekking in Ladakh, I felt that I had to come back and write about how to prepare oneself in order to have a successful trek in the region. To start, I’m not someone who goes hiking or…

Szent Istvan Basilica

Of all the places I travelled to last year, I found myself returning in my thoughts to Budapest. There was something endearing and charming about that city- I’m not sure if it was because of its bohemian feel or if it was because the city with its river and bridges and hills and ornate monuments…

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…

On the (ancient) Roman trail again

Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem delendam esse “I consider that Carthage must be destroyed”- Cato the elder, 2nd Century BC There have been so many tipping points in history when the world pointedly took one direction rather than another. Presumably with every action of every sentient being in the planet, the course of history changes a…