Tha Raj Hangover

Kasauli – a quaint little hill station near Chandigarh in Northern India, is still in the hangover of the British Raj. Though there are hundreds of buildings and other paraphernalia associated with British rule all over the country, a trip to Kasauli takes one back to a century ago. Quaint old buildings – churches, the…

Blast From The Past

I dug this picture out from the depths of Facebook this afternoon. And there I am, among my fellow students and dear old Rozy (the teacher, Mr Rozario) at the St John’s School Chandigarh. It feels great to take a look at myself in middle school (Grade 9). This photo, taken in the mid-1970’s, brought…

Innovative India

Came across these rather amusing signboards while on a recent trip to Delhi and Chandigarh in India. Life in the country is a daily struggle for people to just live and survive, let alone make ends meet and in their quest for that, they often think of ingenious ways to market themselves and their products.…

Highway on my camera!

India is making rapid progress and that’s no understatement. Massive infrastructure development, four-lane highways and other related paraphernalia notwithstanding, I was quite amused at these sights throughout today while driving from New Delhi to Chandigarh. While the circumstances of my unscheduled trip from Bahrain are far from happy and pleasant, these pictures helped lighten the…

My Ghost Story

As I sat watching ‘My Ghost Story’ on television last night, I recalled the “ghost” I had “experienced” as a teenager way back in the late 70s during a trek in the hills. As three of us made our way up to the small hamlet of Kasuali in the Shivalik Hills from the “foot” of…

Boys and Men

Over the past few months, I have come into contact with several of my school friends, courtesy Facebook. They are spread all over the world in various professions, and all of them are doing well. All of us have now “aged”, some have made it to 50 years and other are approaching or crossed the…

Art Space

When a group of enthusiasts in Bahrain contributed their skills to create art out of waste, their initiative seen by skeptics as an exercise in futility. But Adliya’s Al Riwaq Art Space has now become one of the country’s main attractions, thanks to the younger generation that has taken it upon themselves to promote art…