(Excerpts from my articles published in WEEKEND- KHALEEJ TIMES, August 1997 and in THE TIMES OF OMAN 1996) The mystique of the Dhofar region or of Salalah is not its salubrious climate or its architecture: It is its sacred perfume, one of the gifts given to Baby Jesus by the THREE WISE MEN. This aromatic… Continue reading SALALAH–THE FRANKINCENSE TRAIL

Shanghai –36 hours

Yuyuan Garden August 2009 - *7.30 a.m. Shanghai railway station and the city waking up to early morning sounds and rituals. We arrived from Beijing on the second part of our journey and stifling a yawn and sidestepping persistent cab drivers, stepped out of the station. outside Shanghai station An unimpressive surroundings and while waiting outside… Continue reading Shanghai –36 hours

SHAM SHUI PO – Ribbons, Laces and Bling

Sequinned Ride A sequined Vespa scooter; spiraling spools of multi-hued ribbons in satin, velvet, nylon, shimmering and embroidered; laces broad or gossamer thin stacked on shelves or dangling from ceiling, glitzy buttons and beads in plastic, glass, iridescent, metallic and chunky; art glitter in multi-layered hues; belts and buckles; paper trimmings and accessories; fabrics in… Continue reading SHAM SHUI PO – Ribbons, Laces and Bling