Hello Monday

One of the adjustments I had to make when I moved to Dubai over a year ago was the shift of the working week to Sunday-Thursday from Monday-Friday. So Mondays are actually my Tuesdays. But I realise the rest of the world is still trying to get through the start of the week so here’s…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence, Tingmosgang Monastery

This week’s photo challenge wants us to showcase an image that evokes a sentiment of silence. Tingmosgang Monastery is located in Ladakh in the Himalayas. It has been built on a hill that is nestled by tall mountains on all directions. The impression isn’t quite unlike the feeling you get when you’re watching the movie…

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…

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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weathered

Weathered: Wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the atmosphere. (of rock or other material) be worn away or altered by long exposure to the atmosphere. Withstand (a difficulty or danger) (of a ship) come safely through (a storm). (Definition from Oxford online dictionary) If you think long…

Weekend is almost here

For those of us who work from Sunday to Thursday, the weekend is here. For the rest of the world, it will soon be here. To celebrate a picture from my Ladakh trek- the first night of the trek we overnighted in a small village called Yang Thang. The next morning we set out from…

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…

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…