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…

Red Roofs…..

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge …….Red roofs from my terrace. This breathtaking profile, on a clear day, is not of the ‘Forbidden City’ (Beijing) but of a landscaped community of Pune city (India) where we recently moved to. Our roof is red too forging neighbourly bonds. Forbidden City, Beijing, China  

SUZHOU

Suzhou. 48 hours is insufficient to appreciate the heritage points woven in the city’s fabric.  From the mysteriously prosaic Shanghai we drive to Soochow or Suzhou cocooned in shimmering silken legends of antiquity and a refreshing introduction to a different face of China. The drizzle-y weather fails to dampen the two-hour car journey along panoramic green fields…

Train Journeys- Past and Present

The Prayagraj: The familiar bleak friable landscape interspersed with algae ponds, cattle and livestock in different stages of thinness grazing on non-existent grass, the sparsely cultivated fields, thatched huts, semi naked children chasing mangy dogs, men huddled on charpoys or walking listlessly with the familiar ‘lota’ (metal mug) for their morning ablutions, women, head covered, engrossed in washing,…