Biting the Bullet

The white snooty-nosed train whizzed past and in minutes was a blur. This was the 700 series of Shinkasen on its run between Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata.   I have done it all from steam and diesal locomotives in India,  the deluxe luxury trains of China, Amtrak in the USA and the various short distance subway systems… Continue reading Biting the Bullet

SALALAH–THE FRANKINCENSE TRAIL

(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