Turbans Galore!

In India, we wear turbans. Rather, they are still worn in the rural areas quite often, but not so in the urban areas, where we have adopted a more Western style of dress for dsy to day living. We still wear turbans for ceremonies, some social and some religious. The colour and shape of the turban vary depending on the occasion. In the days…

The Sun God (??) The Moon Goddess(??)

Before I move on to the next bit of travel, I thought that I would pause a bit, to do indulge in some pop philosophy. I have always loved sunsets, the light of the moon, the light of the sun. Photographically, the light of the sun has a huge impact on how we photograph and see things. Ever since I started photography, I have…

A New Theme. A New Page

Actually, I have two themes, and two projects that I would like to talk about, but for now, I shall talk about one. During the course of my wanderings along the planet earth’s many highways and seaways, I have been to many touristy locations. In most of these locations, the sites are kept clean and they look really very good. In many, we are…

A New Series Starts Next Week

Next week, I shall start writing about an old road trip to Rajasthan, India. A bunch of us went all over the state, largely by road. This was one great trip. Luckily, we had a driver, so we could travel the state with crates of beer in the car. As we drove, we drank, and listened to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan….

Royal White

I love tigers. They are some of the most beautiful creatures that I have ever seen in my life. Sadly, I have only seen them in zoos, and not in the wild. Yes, whenever I have seen them, I have marveled at their almost unearthly grace. I remember reading “The Tyger” when I was little. It was, for me, one of the most amazing…

An Ode To A Road

Once upon a time there was a road. Many people walked upon the road, as there was no pavement – or sidewalk. Many people drove their cars along the road, or their motor cycles, or their auto rickshaws, or their various other modes of transport. The road was happy. It was happy that it was able to give many people a smooth ride, and…

Spikes And Death

This is a blog, and not a treatise. Therefore, this will be a blog entry on Death, and not a treatise on Death. Maybe someday, I will write a treatise on Death. I have been fascinated by Death since I was a teenager. When I used to read about the occult sciences, I often thought that Death was the last great adventure that a…

India in South Europe

I went to Greece many years ago. This was in June 2005, and moving on from Gaillard, this next section of blog entries will be all about the trip that I made with Chinese officials. That trip was probably the last time one of them looked out onto the face of the world as a free man. He loved photography, and that trip was…

Aqualung In Gaillard

“Aqualung” was one of the seminal songs of my youth. The idea of an old man sitting on a park bench, watching pretty girls go by captured a the imagination of a whole generation of pimply teenagers when I was growing up. Those were the days of us in shabby, torn clothes, long hair, stubble, beads around our necks and the ingestion of psychotropic…

Is God Beyond Time?

Religion has existed, I think, from the time that mankind started to think rationally. Many philosophers, writers and other people have written about early man sitting around a camp fire, smoking strange stuff, looking up at the stars, and generally wondering what the hell was up there. From these early days, came the first questions, which people believe to have been generally naive, before…