Standing on a semi-dusty lane, outside the gates, in a circle, we listen to Ruslan as he invites us to his country, his home, and how happy he is to have us here. This is one theme you always come across in Kyrgyzstan – the love for the country first and everything else follows smoothly. ... Continue Reading →
The rhythms of Scottish folk songs sway along with the movements of the bus as it meanders through the Highlands towards Lochness. Our perky driver keeps drawing our attention to some of the famous points on the way through the announcement system. All the while keeping a sharp eye on the roads that are awash... Continue Reading →
A hedonistic mix of old and new, this city is a soothing amalgamation of beauty and bliss. Everywhere that the eyes turn, there is a flurry of history and interesting sounds and smells – from a bagpiper to the classic haggis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u6f_w4f6-s A bagpiper near The High Kirk, making the gloomy day brighter!
Having a long free weekend is a blessing in London, especially if the skies are not a dreary grey and there is a hint of sun. Autumn welcomes you in every corner and during this time of the year, the festive spirit just about starts creeping in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVEAp6AboHQ
The one-day road trip from London to Birmingham was filled with the autumnal hues in the countryside, and the city itself had much more to offer.
The Knights Templar have captured my imagination ever since I can remember and I have spent numerous waking hours reading about them – some conspiracy theories, but some fascinating facts too. So, it is of little surprise, when I found out about the existence of a temple connected to the legendary warrior monks in the... Continue Reading →
Today known as the home to the Crown Jewels of the British Monarchy – in particular, the world-famous Koh-i-noor, the Tower of London has a darker and bloodier past. Cutting across 12 acres, this castle houses the main White Tower with two concentric layers of defence walls surrounded by an outer moat. Designated as a... Continue Reading →
The mighty River Thames, that cuts across London is not only a prominent water feature of the city but also a cynosure of its art and culture. Take a walk down the Thames on the South Bank and you will find art installations and artists who all have a story to tell. Here I have... Continue Reading →
A numb thumping sound catches my attention and I look towards my friend inquisitively, amused to see the same look on her face. We are seated in a fairly, packed evening commuter carriage of the Circle Line, having changed from Metropolitan at Baker Street, headed towards my apartment near Tower Hill. Just as the carriage... Continue Reading →