Monday, October 30, 2006


The Burj Al Arab is a majestic edifice from the outside and looks brilliant by day. I don’t get why they have that multi-coloured light effect by night though. It makes the structure look ostentatious & just takes away so much from its simple elegance.

PS: The Burj from the inside is a whole different story!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Love & Longing in Bombay

I read Vikram Chandra's 'Love & Longing in Bombay' over the Eid break. The book is quite old, but somehow I had never gotten around to reading this collection of five excellent short stories. I was very impressed by each of these stories, all set in the cosmopolitan blend of Mumbai's sophisticated as well as middle class. Each story came with a dose of irony, intellect and ambiguous endings. A book I thoroughly enjoyed reading!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Capital Punishment

I read this interesting article by Barkha Dutt recently where she makes a case for capital punishment. Personally, I find death sentence regressive as well as morally wrong. But some of the arguments in the article are pretty compelling:

"...we empowered our State to go to war and kill if needed. Not just do we sanction it; we make heroes of the men who bring home the body bags of enemy soldiers. We believe territorial integrity is worthy enough to both die and kill for. Why would we respond differently to a terrorist who declares war directly on our people?..."

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Greetings for the festive season!

I love the festive season. More so this year, because Diwali coincides with Eid on Sunday, October 22. We’re celebrating the festivals at home with family. And the usual essentials for festivities of all sorts – sweets, lights, friends & poojas…(I was never big on fireworks)
Here's wishing everyone a very Happy Diwali & Eid Mubarak !

Monday, October 16, 2006

Endless Ribbon

I saw this at the George Pompidou museum. I dont recall now when it was made or by whom. But I thought it was quite a groovy piece. Its made out of a single piece of stone. And it is titled 'The Endless Ribbon'.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Les Baux

Yes, I'm still rambling on about France... :)

When we were in Provence, we drove around to some really delightful French villages.

Les Baux is an ancient village in the Alpilles mountains made out of the limestone found there. The village today still has the charm of the ancient rural life with its narrow streets, wooden shutters, limestone arches.... I absolutely fell in love with it!

I made this collage of the various pictures I took of the place...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Holiday in France

We got back from France today & we had the longest & the most beautiful holiday ever !
Paris was enchanting with its museums, cathedrals, roadside cafes & cabarets. The city itself is a crash course in the French culture. On the other hand, the holiday along the French riviera was us doing absolutely nothing by day & gambling at the casinos by night. What fun! The best part of the holiday however, was the short stay in Provence where every frame of the countryside landscape looked like a postcard!

I've uploaded a few shots. Between H & me, we're still soaking in everything we saw & lived in France...

PS: Anisha, thanks for introducing us to 'chaussons aux pommes' :)