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…

Coming face to face with iconic art

Anybody who has ever studied Latin using the famous Wheelock textbooks will be familiar with the Virgil and Muse mosaic that’s featured on its cover. I have spent many hours using this book to learn my verb conjugations and noun declensions (which I have mostly forgotten). Imagine my surprise when I suddenly came face to…

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…

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…

Random Pics: Dubai Opera

I can’t believe that it has been more than a year and four months since the Dubai Opera opened its doors to great fanfare and an opening concert by Placido Domingo. I couldn’t get tickets to that opening concert but I went to a performance of Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ on Day 2 (which was…

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…

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…