Hello Hong Kong! (Again!)

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Hong Kong. I didn’t know what to expect from the city but I was mesmerised. I expected only to see a concrete jungle and it is there but somehow it is set off by what is around it- whether it is the…

Complimentary Doha City Tour: Thank You Qatar Airways!

Unless you’re travelling First or Business Class (and even then), most of us don’t want to be cloistered inside aircrafts or aeroports for long hours. Sometimes, however, the best deal on paper mandatorily inolves long stopovers- which is how I recently landed up with over 13 hours to kill at Doha airport between flights. Apart…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering of the Gods

This week’s photo challenge invites us to post a photograph (true to the holiday season) under the theme of “Gathering”. I couldn’t immediately think of what I wanted to post but when I browsed through my photographs I found something that caught my eye. The Hittite Gods of Yazilikaya The Hittites were an ancient people…

Reflection: Kiyomizu-dera Illuminated

Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto. It is a sprawling temple complex that is also a UNESCO heritage monument. Every spring and autumn the temple is illuminated at night to  bring out the beauty of the temple complex and also the cherry blossoms or the autumn leaves. Here is a shot I took of…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected- Europe & Asia

This week’s challenge invites us to post photographs that show how people, places or objects are connected. I immediately thought of Istanbul – the crossing point of Europe and Asia. I ploughed through the pictures from my recent trip and was delighted to find a fairly decent shot of the second Bosphorus Bridge (or 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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Doors of Cambodia

This week’s photo challenge asks us to make a post about doors I had recently written a post about the colourful doors and gates of the colonial part of Pondichery. However that was a combination of doors and gates. So for this challenge I decided to post doors from ancient Cambodian temples. Click here if…