Saturday spirtualism

This is such a common sight in India. Every Saturday, hundreds of men, young and old, dress themselves up in saffron and roam around the streets ‘blessing’ everyone with the power of “Shani Dev” (the God of Saturday). And everyone gives them a few coins, India being in the grip of religion as usual. I…

Singing at Singshore

We never thought we would make it here but did. The incessant monsoon rains, landslide-infested roads and the steep and slippery terrain notwithstanding, our expert driver and guide ensured we would not miss one of the “wonders of Asia”, as the Singshore suspension bridge is called.The highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge…

No Eid for these birds, is there?

It’s festival time in Bahrain. The Eid Holiday is ongoing. People are out in their hundreds of thousands, meeting relatives and friends, greeting one another, shopping, going to malls, parks and eating – generally having a great time. But as I wandered into the Old Suq in Manama, I saw these frightened chicken crammed into…

My weekend is all booked

Why do I have so many books, a friend once asked. Why do you spend on books when you can spend somewhere else, another unfortunate soul said. These are expensive, said yet another one. Little do these people, and countless others, know what it is like to own, and read, a book. Yes, I just…

Scribe Tribe

Originally posted on MANDEEPSINGS:
Looking at the distressing pictures from the aftermath of the “Himalayan Tsunami” in Northern India, I cannot but salute journalists on the ground bringing the latest developments to the world. They are in the thick of things, some even at places where rescuers and help have not yet reached. I remember…