February 24, 2013

#LiveLikeJay

“We all come from the sea. But we are not all of the sea. Those of us who are, we children of the tides, must return to it again and again.” *** When a movie starts with such a quote, is there any other way than to devour it? I had been waiting for this one for a while. It’s about a sport that I find daunting, yet fascinating. Surfing. Riding skyscrapers made of water on a thin plastic board. The ocean is a treasure chest. Often as intimidating, as it is enigmatic. It carries deep secrets, places where man has never been, and might never even get to. The…

January 25, 2013

Marina Thursday

The ocean getaway was being planned for a while now, but the winds just weren’t cooperating. So this Thursday morning, when my colleague Rebecca texted me to say that WindFinder was predicting waveless seas, I was up at 7 am all dressed and read to hit the blue! Rebecca and her husband own a lovely little motorboat here and take it out on weekends from the Bander Al Rowdha Marina. Its the ideal thing to do in Muscat winters- dolphin watching, fishing and the occasional spotting of a whale. It is no wonder that when she asked if I’d like to come along, I jumped at the proposition! So there…

November 5, 2012

Muscat Travelogue | Wadi Dayqah

Can you envision a plush open water-filled reservoir lake in the middle of the Arabian desert? I couldn’t too. Until I visited one last weekend. In the wilayat of Quriyat, nestled into the eastern Hajar mountains, is a crescent shaped lake filled with crystal blue waters and shapely rocks rising from the bottom. Having being constructed in 2009, the project was under wraps, while it was being tested. Finally opened in March this year, it has become quite the tourist destination. The limestone plateaus of the Eastern Hajar Mountains are truly majestic. They rise steeply, sharply and impressively some 1500 meters above the coastal plain with peaks of up to…

October 31, 2012

Muscat Travelogue | As Sifah

So when a seven-day long holiday is declared by the Government, one’s natural reaction is – “Lets get the hell out of here!” I was no different. Having researched in detail about budget trips with the family, created excel sheets, pored over the maps of Istanbul, Tehran and Amman with great enthusiasm – I am now equipped to be your certified Middle East tour guide. As what usually happens to anything I am excited about, nothing materialised. Having to write polite decline emails to the travel consultants, I was in a rather rotten frame of mind. Sitting at home for nine days was simply not my idea of fun.  Keeping with…

September 4, 2011

Down “Under”

I find myself on the verge of doing one the most exciting of things that I have ever undertaken. Exhilaration quotient is high. Updates, as soon as I find my legs. And arms.

September 1, 2011

Muscat Travelogue | Bimmah Sinkhole

It has been months now that I have been craving for water bodies; Am mercilessly deprived in Gurgaon and have been trying to fill the gap by downloading innumerable pictures of beaches, lakes and other sea scapes.  This Eid holiday, since we had company, I put in a little extra effort to figure what water body existed in Oman that I had not been to yet – lo and behold I stumbled upon pictures of Bimmah Sinkhole and Wadi Shab.  Bimmah was a little surprise package, tucked away neatly into a little village of the newly constructed Sur – Quriyat freeway. The Bimmah Sinkhole is quite the geographical marvel! This…

July 27, 2011

Paint it Red and Blue

Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar have, for quite a while been making movies which appeal to audiences with absolutely ordinary, even mundane lives to break free; they have been screaming out ‘One life, live it to the fullest’. Be it the original college boys in ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, or the superbly inspiring Hrithik Roshan story in ‘Lakshya’, the musical muses in ‘Rock On!’, to the most recent of bromances in theatres now – there is a strong message embedded in the gentle storytelling, an enviable camaraderie and the most breathtaking of locations which make them must watches and definitive DVD purchases! From the time the movie began, I began to…

April 1, 2011

Just Say Yes!

Been tripping on ‘Just Say Yes’ by Snow Patrol, ever since I stumbled across it today! Makes me strangely optimistic, not to forget the lights in the video which gives me a feeling of swimming underwater! Here’s to April, my most favourite month – hoping that I’ll be the ‘Yes-Woman’ 🙂

March 31, 2011

A Game of Cricket

The qualifying match between India and Pakistan must be the most discussed topic in traditional as well as social media over the past week and especially through yesterday! And what a match it was! Age old political differences and all kinds of mixed emotions rolled into one game where pressures were mounting every second. Mohali was the place to be yesterday, but those of us who were watching the big screens in offices or at homes weren’t rendered any disappointment! Be it Pakistan’s unusually poor fielding, the nail- biting reviews, Yuvraj’s comical expression, Ravi Shastri’s incessant commentary, Sachin being dropped on various occasions, Raina’s brilliant last overs to Ashish Nehra’s…