The Dragon Wagged Its Tail…Hong Kong-Beijing-Shanghai ExpressTrain Journey…

TRAIN JOURNIES REVISITED….Trains have been my fascination and the icing on all train journeys, local and international, was the one I undertook from Hong Kong in 2009. I disagree with Neville George Mullard or Bunt (chief protagonist) in Paul Theroux‘s novel KOWLOON TONG (about Hong Kong) who considered his manager’s act of ‘to wake up and…

Sultanate of Oman – A Flashback

Certain cities/countries grow into you and for me it is Oman…the land of golden sands, wadis and for adventures unknown. 18 years is a long time to forget and move on but it seems only yesterday we were readying for the epic flight to Muscat, the capital of Sultanate of Oman. (1995 -2000) Nizwa….a rooftop view…

Pune Journal……Traffic Woes and Festivals

How does one deal with arrogant two-wheel drivers…..ignore them or honk them out of way. We tried both but to no success. They are immune to any noise even without helmets…. as this father, with his teen daughter riding pillion, in middle of road. There was no reaction to constant honking, anywhere else it would…

Kelowna….Nature’s Playground

2018 has been a year , till now, of staying at home. A look back to the summer of 2016 through the playing fields of wine country….Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. “What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness* or if winter is there can summer be far…