August 20, 2015

South African Sojourn

For years I have been intrigued by the largest and oldest inhabited continent on the planet, the melting pot of culture and civilization from time immemorial, the home to the wildest and the gentlest – Africa. The only time I have stepped in it was as a teenager, when my parents took me to Egypt, and I distinctly remember being stunned by all what it had to offer, even at that young age. So, when my cousin mentioned he wanted to go someplace interesting for the Eid holidays this year, the idea of southern Africa sprung to mind immediately. Given my recent travels and affinity towards spending hours on message…

August 3, 2014

Zen

All of us have different definitions of peace A feeling that we probably cannot share I’ve always wondered how it would be to live underwater Minus the diving gear and all Then I stumbled across this video of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium And as I watched it on full screen It felt like zen  I have been very vocal about my opinion of the captivity of marine animals, and I think that it is awful that beautiful creatures as whale sharks, among others should have to spend the entirety of their lives in a closed tank, swimming in circle – going nowhere. The objective of this post is not to promote…

April 28, 2013

Isla Mujeres

This little island off the coast of Mexico has been on my radar for a while. Ask me why? Because it is a part of the planet where nature puts up a spectacular display that is not only immensely fascinating, but ethereal.  Swimming with whale sharks. That’s what these Mexican waters have in store. Before you shake your head thinking that this is one of those things you’ve seen on Animal Planet (Read: Man in a cage feeding great white sharks), let me tell you, its not even close.  These gentle mammals are unlike any sharks you’ve ever heard of. In fact, they take on more of whale-like attributes. Feeding only on…

March 31, 2013

Estrayed

Another thing I love about India is the fauna that one finds, as a regularity.  Apart from domestic rodents, of course – I’ve loved the fact that I could make friends with the dogs, cats, birds and even pigs and cattle in my surroundings. I’m sure people in first world countries would probably turn up their noses at the mention of the last two animals, but I’m not attempting to filter the truth.  In Muscat, I come to terribly miss the three little stray pups whom I watched grow up in Gurgaon – they often rested on the cool mosaic floor that belonged to our landlord and we were almost…

March 13, 2013

Take Part!

I believe that even if we are fortunate enough to travel to every country on the globe, there will be much left unseen. And most of it will be what lies beneath. Under the expansive sheet of oceans, which make for three quarters of our planet.  What beauty resides there? What mysteries there are in the depths that man has yet not been able to reach? How many wondrous life forms exist that call the ocean their home? I have been fascinated by these questions since I was very young, and have pored over scores of books and magazines, watched hours of documentaries and still have learned so little.  What…