Category Archives: Egypt

December 06

A Passion For Egypt

Plundered art and antiques, should rightfully be returned to their countries of origin and displayed in situ. So I believed, very passionately, until I learned of the burning of the Institute d’Egypte, near Tahrir square in Cairo in December 2011. And of the destruction of almost all the precious manuscripts it contained. Among them, it […]

November 17

Weekly Photo Challenge – Layers

The Great Pyramid of Khufu is devoid of any ornamentation or sculpted frieze, typical of later Egyptian tombs. Its elevation to – the oldest and only surviving – ‘Wonder of the Ancient World’ is based solely on its 210 (estimated original….now down to 201) layers of solid stone blocks, making it the largest pyramid ever […]

October 28

Travel My Way

I was on the road when I was nominated for the ‘Travel Your Way‘ contest by Kathryn from Travel with Kat, and didn’t expect to make the September end deadline. Viveka’s kind nomination last week made me realise that the last date had been extended to October 31. So here I am, with just a couple of […]

September 11

What’s Your Superstition?

Watching Rafael Nadal’s pre point wedgie picking the other day, and his obsessive alignment of water bottles, stirred memories of the irrational superstitions that I grew up with. They were mostly harmless. Perhaps nicer ways of getting children to comply with the norms of safety and propriety of the time, as compared to my daughter’s […]

April 19

On Ageing And Obsolescence

Old is when you suddenly find yourself on the wrong side of the generation gap. When you take time to figure out ‘LOL’ does not actually mean ‘Lots of Love’. When your boss is (was) a decade younger than you. When your four year old child/grandchild can make your smartphone do astonishing things, that you would […]

February 01

A Plane’s Eye View

I have very few photographs shot from an aircraft, certainly none of any major city. Mainly because we usually depart from and arrive at international destinations at odd hours of the night, and miss that first panoramic sighting that is so thrilling. None of big city illuminations from the sky either, for I haven’t mastered the art […]

Weekly Photo Challenge – Renewal II

The Egyptian Ankh is considered the ‘Key of Life’. The loop of the ankh is believed to represent the river Nile, and the cross, the path of the sun from east to west symbolizing renewed life and immortality. Like the life giving floods of the Nile, the Ankh is supposed to represent regeneration, regrowth and […]