Her Majesty has summoned!

Staring in amazement at a view so magnificent – I gasped for more air, from my room at Hotel Bharat. Himalayas always have been that sweet distant dream which lay untouched in the dusty corner of my heart. You day-dream of this colossal mountain range, go through innumerable insta-pictures and travelogues that it seem so close and yet so…

A rib from another rib

Just as everything else in this world is made in pairs, the Lord created woman from a man’s rib to be his companion. Ouch, It would have been hurtful to lose a rib. Millions of years have gone by, is the pain of losing a rib still buried deep down a man’s heart? I wonder.. Men…

Revisiting the ‘Tryst with Destiny’

Sixty eight years ago, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, made one of the most inspiring speeches ever by a head of government to his countrymen. The PM urged young India to start spreading her wings out into the vast expanses of freedom. He spoke about the ‘triumphs’ and ‘achievements’ that…

Live and let live..

  It doesn’t require a lot of brains to figure out what exactly ticked me off to write this post. A quick look at your Facebook wall of the last one year will tell you that the number of “fanatic/religious/atheist” posts are at the highest! Its easy to categorize them. There is one lot who…

Food street – Bangalore

Apologies for delaying this post. Ramadan has come and gone. And probably the food street is back to its daily routine. But the images of this place flashes in my mind, as clear as yesterday. Every year during the holy month of Ramadan, this stretch of road comes alive from the dust of regular life. As though…

Muscat, One last time

The unmistakable ‘imama'(turban) with a mix of subdued brown grey and beige and the long flowing dish-dasha were part of the fabric in my memory. Then came the mellow drift of Arabic ‘As-salamu-alaykum'(Peace be upon you) followed by the pleasantry, ‘Kaif Al hal’ (How is it going). A native Omani has his own dialectical intonation…

Into the Blue

It wasn’t an ordinary day. It wasn’t an ordinary month either. Being strong was weakening from the inside. Grief loomed over me for weeks now and I longed for a break. Probably a trip to some place I have never been. A trip with no familiar faces.. Scavenging through numerous travel groups, forums, I found…

An unsent postcard

I always wanted to send one. But every year I end up not sending. I would remember a week before his birthday, but as the date drew closer, I always ran into some excuse. Some unexpected travel, or work load at office or I simply forgot. I had even thought of sending a belated post…

Face devoid of eyes

I see him day after day, Standing behind the invisible wall.. Dressed in magnificent clothes, I often wonder if he is of noble birth.. His skin as smooth as glass wall, But I know he’s stronger than us all.. With head held high and shoulders strong, He stands still all day long.. Nobody has ever…

A melancholy carol

I curl up my blanket, yet the cold seeps in through some silly crack… I wake up at odd hours, for my pillow has turned into a block of ice.. I lean against the wall and it gives shivers in my spine… I wash my hands and all I feel is the pang of sharp…