Monthly Archives: November 2015

That Thing That Brings Us Together

Growing up, TV was a luxury. In addition, it was a luxury that  was strictly regulated both by my parents and by the state. The active TV signal went on each day at exactly 5pm with a grainy picture of a fluttering flag and the national anthem. If you happened to put on the Television set at […]

On Cacophony and Cape Buffaloes

Cacophony. By definition a loud, harsh or strident noise. There are some words and phrases whose true meaning can only be understood through personal experience. Splitting headache, mortified, anguish, lightheaded, running tummy and cacophony. Thanks to a road trip through rural Bihar, cacophony in my mind will forever be synonymous with India’s roads. For the complete immersion experience, […]

Veni Vedi Vici

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Victory.” I am not a runner. I am not a physical fitness enthusiast. I have never even had a gym membership. But a few years ago I realised that playing in the backyard with the young ‘uns was leaving me winded. So I started walking. Then […]

When You Want To Feel Refreshed….

I’ll be honest, one place I didn’t expect to ever find myself was at a museum dedicated to the world’s biggest brand.  Partly because prior to this Atlanta visit I never even knew such a thing existed. My associations with that fair city were around CNN, Martin Luther King Jr, Scarlett O’hara, even the Centres […]

Grief. Remembrance. Celebration.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Ornate.”   Her name – Bega Begum. She lived in the 16th century. First wife of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. He died – she grieved. But it was not enough. She travelled to Mecca. Perhaps to find peace. She may have found solace, we will never […]

Confronting Genocide

I had been in and out of Rwanda for over a decade before visiting the Gisozi Genocide Memorial in Kigali. I’m not entirely sure why it took so long. During my first visit to the country in 2004 I travelled to the university in Butare, a journey of about 2 hours from Kigali. Two things […]

Runners Delight – The Nairobi Marathon Edition

Held in October each year under the charity banner Seeing is Believing, the Nairobi marathon recently held its 13th edition. What a Gathering. Now if Kenya is known for something, it’s for her runners so running amongst (ok behind) the worlds best runners in this fair city holds a special kind of excitement. Nairobi is […]