Can you guess the place?

How is everyone doing? I hope you are all taking adequate precautions to staying safe (if you are able to). Life has certainly made things different. Who would have thought a few months ago that we would all have to work from home, cloistered in our houses, unable to drive, take a train or a…

#tbt Zermatt and Matterhorn

I wanted to do star trails. It’s not every day I get a sky full of stars. Most days I’m lucky just to be able to see Orion and Sirius in the winter skies. But clouds swirled around the skies of Zermatt, only clearing during brief windows. The last window was just before dawn- when…

The God King Naram-Sin

More than 4,000 years ago, when humanity was still testing the waters of civilisation as we know it, when settlements and villages were beginning to coalesce into cities, kingdoms and for the first time ever an Empire, a man called Naram-Sin ruled as king of Akkad in Mesopotamia. Actually he proclaimed himself “King of Akkad,…

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…