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N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

The road leading to the Nizwa Fort

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

The cannons welcome you

Forts are the heart and soul around which a lot of history revolves around in Oman. Nizwa Fort located in the city of Nizwa about 160km from Muscat, Oman’s capital is one of the most visited national monuments in the country.

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

Nizwa Fort welcomes you

N for Nizwa Fort in Oman

It was built by Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi sometime around the 1650s. He is known as the one who played a key role in removing the Portugese from Oman.

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J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

The entrance

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

The lamps at the entrance welcome you in

Situated in Nizwa city about 160km from Muscat, the capital of Sultanate of Oman, the Jabrin Fort is one of the numerous forts which dot the Omani landscape.

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

Women’s prayer area

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C for Coastal Highway from Sur to Muscat

Sur, a city of about 120,000 people is located around 150km from Muscat, the capital of Sultanate of Oman. Sur is the capital of the Sharqiya region in this Jewel of Arabia.

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Sur – Muscat Coastal Highway

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The calm blue waters of the Arabian Sea

While Oman is famous for some of the best road trips on the planet, this coastal highway from Sur to Muscat is up there to rival the best.

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Taking a pit stop

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Skywatch Friday – Muscat International Airport

Another day about to come to a close in Muscat

Another day about to come to a close in Muscat

It was refreshing to see those clear skies with the barren hills in the background. Having lived in Muscat for about 17 years, it was a delight to be back even if it was just for a few hours.

“Outside, daylight was bleeding slowly toward dusk.”
Stephen King, The Running Man

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A life event am thankful for..

Events of our lives..

Events of our lives..

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We all have many life events which we remember for a long time be it birthdays, anniversaries, the day we marry, the day we fall in love for the first time, the day we have our first breakup, the day we come first in class, the day we make new friends, the day our parents gift us a new laptop or phone  and many more. These are the days when we thank God for keeping us happy and contented. But as is human nature, we also remember the bad times for a variety of reasons as well.

For me, one of the key life events which I have been thankful for is the fact that I got a chance to go out of my comfort zone to complete my graduation and post – graduation in India. I had always lived a sheltered and well protected life while growing up in the Sultanate of Oman. There was almost never a time when I didn’t have AC be it at home, school, malls or in cars. There was almost never a time when my parents weren’t around for their support in anything and everything I wanted. Most importantly, there was no pollution – water, air, noise whatsoever.

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Oman Diaries: Royal Opera House Muscat

Royal Opera House Muscat - Doesn't it look majestic?

Royal Opera House Muscat – Doesn’t it look majestic?

Royal Opera House Muscat (ROHM) is Oman’s premier center of music, art, culture and more. It can seat upto 1100 people for a show.

The lovely entrance to ROHM

The lovely entrance to ROHM

Since it’s opening in 2011, ROHM has conducted numerous shows featuring artistes from across the planet. The ROHM compound also includes gardens, restaurants, theaters and more.

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Oman Diaries: Lunch at The Cave restaurant

The Cave welcomes us

The Cave welcomes us

The Cave is a group of about 8 restaurants in the heart of Muscat serving cuisines from across the world since 2014.

The eclectic fare on offer from across the world

The eclectic fare on offer from across the world

Situated at the top of a hill, the restaurant offers lovely views of the city and beyond.

Views from outside The Cave

Views from outside The Cave

Views of the Arabian Sea from outside The Cave

Views of the Arabian Sea from outside The Cave

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Microblog Mondays: Travel motivation

I recently watched two travel videos of places which are as different as chalk and cheese and poles apart quite literally in terms of distance as well. While one is known as the Jewel of Arabia, the other is renowned as the Land of the Midnight Sun. While one is known for it’s deserts and culture, the other is known for its snow capped mountains and scenic landscapes.

Interestingly, there are some similarities as well in the fact that both are surrounded by water on three sides and are also famous for their fjords.

What struck me about these videos were the overall story, the music and the detailing which had gone behind conceptualising them. While there maybe many other better tourism videos out there, these two stand out for me for their sheet aw

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Six word story: Oman #AtoZChallenge

Sultanate of Oman - The jewel of Arabia

Sultanate of Oman – The jewel of Arabia

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An epitome of

peace and tranquillity.

I am participating in the A to Z challenge in April  and the theme I have chosen is Micro-fiction

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2015 – The year that was..

And another year goes by..

And another year goes by..

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And another year has gone past us. This was the year when I moved back to the Gulf again. I say again since more than half my life has been spent in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The last 365 days have been quite interesting meeting people from various countries and learning about various cultures.

From a blogging perspective, I continued taking part in various short fiction prompts and challenges like 5 sentence fiction, 100 word fiction, 42 word fiction, 6 word fiction and so on and so forth. These challenges have always been helpful in keeping the creative juices flowing.

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