Gornergrat

Gornergrat, Switzerland is a popular place to get views of the Matterhorn and some of the other surrounding mountains. It’s a mountain ridge that is located at above 3,000 metres height and has an observation platform for tourists. Gornergrat is reachable by a rail line from Zermatt. The train journey is truly a marvel as…

Some thoughts on reading

So I have a confession to make. My reading has slowed down drastically. After scorching up 50 books in the first six months of the year, I have only added a grand total of four more books to that number in the last two months. There’s been a number of reasons for this. First, I…

Conspicuous Commensuality

I was reading a book on Ancient Mesapotamia yesterday when for the first time in my life I came across the term ‘Conspicuous Commesuality’ in the context of exquisite pottery remains from the Chalcolithic age being found during excavations. Almost as if expecting some bafflement, the author explains that it is a “precursor to ‘conspicuous…

Fatih Mosque and Valens Aqueduct gif- because the world needs one.

I feel like the world needs is a coherent post from me right now but I’m not big on coherence so I’m unleashing a gif file of an Istanbul nightscape- in particular Fatih Mosque (right) and Valens aqueduct (left) in a never ending trail of light and splendour. You can thank me later.