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…

Lunar views

The first full moon of the year has come and gone. If you’ve noticed news headlines recently there has been a proliferation of descriptions about each and every full moon- super moon, harvest moon, hunter’s moon, this moon, that moon and so on and so forth. Every time somebody publishes this, there’s an immediate hype…

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…

First book of 2018: I contain multitudes by Ed Yong

One of my book aims for 2018 is to read a larger number of non-fiction books and Ed Yong’s book is a good start in that direction. I first heard about the book listening to the ‘Start the Week’ BBC podcast and the talk intrigued me and made me want to read the book. Many…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

The first weekly photo challenge of 2018 would like us to showcase a photograph that depicts or conveys the theme of growth. I chose this photograph of a flower bud drenched in a fresh rain and I hope it conveys to you a sense of hope and vigour for the new year!

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…

New beginnings, new resolutions- 5 tips

With the beginning of every new year, I’m sure most of us make an entire shopping list of resolutions- wake up early, work out more, eat healthier, read more, laugh more, stress less and so on and so forth. And yet within a few weeks, if not days, most of us have reverted to our…

Happy 2018!

To all the loyal followers of my blog and the occasional visitors, to your friends, families, colleagues and acquaintances, I’d like to wish you all a very happy new year! I hope that the year will bring you much joy, happiness and good health and will also show you the way to attain all good…

2018 is here!

Given that it had been quite difficult and a bit exhausting to get back home after the New Year Celebrations in Downtown Dubai last year, I decided to watch the fireworks closer to home. Every day when I go walking along the marina walk, I go past a point where I can see the Atlantis…

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…