December 23, 2013

Sun ~ Sea ~ Sand

There used to be a time when I didn’t mind working weekends, lots of consecutive weekends. Late hours. Pizza for all three meals. Doing the work of three people at less than the basic wage rate of a American Mc Donald’s fries maker.  Those days are long gone. As have the reasons why I even enjoyed the crazy times.  So when I was asked to staff a weekend media event, the obviously reaction was to think of calling in sick. But then the hibernating little Jiminy Cricket inside mumbled something about being an abominable bore and I thought that a day on a beach couldn’t really be that bad –…

September 28, 2013

Adventure is out there!

I hate to interrupt the Europe series, but they take a while to write and I simply cannot contain the excitement of what was probably the most eventful weekend in the past year!  Most of my weekends are just two days where I do nothing according to routine, just to challenge the monotony of everyday (Read: Sleep late, wake up late, eat, read, sleep, watch series, eat and then go grocery shopping) – and if ever I get a chance to do something even remotely thrilling, laziness gets the better of me. So when Rebecca (RJ, because there is another Rebecca involved in this story – we will call her…

July 13, 2013

Mix ‘Em Up!

Muscat is experiencing the full blast of the summers and there’s little to do, than sit at home on the weekends and empty large goblets of mango smoothie. So I found myself a little hobby to pass the time – cocktail making 101.  Baba had this stock of liquor bottles that he never really used, being a whiskey person Living in Pune and Delhi, I’ve had the opportunity to sample a wide variety – from Pina Coladas to Hot Toddys. The more colourful the drink, the more intrigued I was. Hence, I picked up a cocktail making guide we had at home and began to experiment on the weekends. Some…

April 27, 2013

Pocket Confectionery

What does one do when a boring weekend is coming to an end, when there’s absolutely nothing to watch on TV and when your favourite football team was defeated 4-0 marking the end of a rather disappointing season? Bake. Of course.  I came across this recipe whilst Pinterest-ing and saved it, owing to the sheer simplicity that it promised. Can you thinking of mixing a few ingredients into your regular coffee mug, popping it in the microwave oven for a couple of minutes and voila, you are Dominos’ new choco-lava cake chef? Here goes the how: I would personally recommend a pinch of baking soda and a hint of vanilla…

April 24, 2013

Cascade

Seventeen years of living in this country and I haven’t experienced weather like this. I guess I am overdoing the droplet pictures and the thunderstorm videos. It is so difficult to resist.  Roads are blocked. Wadis are overflowing. There is chaos.  All because of a night of constant precipitation.  At 6 am today, one could easily have mistaken the view out my window as a hill station.  I plugged in Advaita’s ‘Ghir Ghir’ on my way to work. While I was walking to the health club this afternoon, it almost felt like I was in Sushant Lok during the monsoons. Nothing can stop me beaming 🙂 6am Droplets. I’m thinking…

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 20, 2012

Mirage

Isn’t it almost magical when something you least expect comes to life? It was an identical emotion when dark clouds appeared out of the blue and there were raindrops on my head this Thursday. Like I have told many, seeing a cloud cover used to prompt us to ask for a ‘free period’ in school.  The magnitude of actual precipitation can be imagined. Rumbling thunder, cracks of lightning, subtle showers.  Makes for any family in Oman to run the three flights of stairs to the terrace and take pictures. Mine is no different.  Amongst all my excitement, I also managed to click this picture.  In the middle of the Arabian peninsula, such weather…

September 28, 2012

Tee Time

The luxuries of the opulent make for an abundant discussion. What can one not do with wallets bursting with currency. As I spend the first half of a very early Thursday morning at a plush golf course in uptown Muscat, this only become clearer. In recent times, golf has become one of the most exclusive, for-the-rich-only sports. It probably already was, in the West, but the trend has gradually travelled to this part of the world. Once, a long time ago – the Omani wealth was determined by how many camels one owned. Now, it is judged by a ‘hole-in-one’. I seem to find that rather amusing. Come weekends, Oman’s…

May 28, 2012

Secrets and Lies

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell. I spent all of last week watching the American crime series – Criminal Minds. Usually not a huge fan of gore, there was something about it that kept me gripped. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia who determine the cause of a crime from the pov of the criminal and then proceed to catch him. Mark Twain said “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of…