A Recondite Situation

 The above two pictures exhibit vignettes of normal citizens relaxing and perhaps enjoying too. They are fortunate, they live in a country which has an economic arrangement that allows huge income disparities between the rich and them and yet from their personal budget they can afford basic amenities and also relish their preferred passion. There… Continue reading A Recondite Situation



The Siege of Lucknow was one of the most terrible incidents of the uprising in 1857. It was prolonged for 87 days before it  was finally relieved. In its remembrance the English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson penned ‘The Defence Of Lucknow’. It is a fairly lengthy poem, its first few lines are quite striking.  … Continue reading Lucknow

Impressions – Kichaucha Sharif

My first visit to Kichaucha Sharif was way back in 1976 with my father when after retirement he decided to stay in the ancestral home and pursue farming. The caretaker of the property, a strapling Patahan, insisted that I visit the Dargah and pay obeisance to the revered Sufi saint Sultan Syed Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir… Continue reading Impressions – Kichaucha Sharif


Let us talk about flowers; they grow in our gardens, in dense thick jungles, on barren sand in the desert, in the crevices of the high mountains, the still ponds and in the murky, boggy, mud. Of different color, shape and size they all look beautiful more so when arranged in a bouquet. The 53… Continue reading DOSTI KA GULDASTA-THE FRIENDSHIP BOUQUET

Safarnama – Turkey – ISTANBUL

The famous Blue Mosque is seen in the background. Closed for visitors due to the renovation works inside the mosque. Took the pictures later of its interiors when I went to pray in it! Though it's exteriors are not blue, it is referred as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding it's interior walls… Continue reading Safarnama – Turkey – ISTANBUL

Safarnama – Greece

  The comfortable journey from the cradle of ancient Egypt to Greece the oldest civilization in Europe was two hours when we landed at Athens airport. Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the East Africa to Europe and is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace… Continue reading Safarnama – Greece

Safarnama – Nile Cruise

The one and half hour flight from Cairo to Aswan was fairly pleasant in the vintage aircraft; the tour operator had insisted that I travel in business class as he had noticed that the difference in price from the economy class was manageable. Aswan airport reminded me of our own one at Bakshi Ka Talab… Continue reading Safarnama – Nile Cruise