Transition of Thoughts

Weaving thoughts into words

Skywatch Friday – Dusk at Sentosa Island, Singapore

Skywatch Friday: Dusk at Sentosa Island, Singapore

“There’s a special quality to the loneliness of dusk, a melancholy more brooding even than the night’s.”

– Ed Gorman, Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday: Qatar Airways

“Not all birds can fly. What separates the flyers from the walkers is the ability to take off.” 

– Carl Sagan

Linking to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

A divided world

A Divided World

Everyday we hear and read about violence in various forms. We hear about hate, death and despair inflicted upon humanity across the planet.

We read about how arguments over the smallest of things could turn into national or international disasters if proper attention is not given. All this makes one wonder on how we can continue to live in such a divided world.

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Book Review – 31 Miles

31 Miles - Book Review

From social entrepreneurship to being the Chief Architect of a literature and cultural festival; from being the director of the National Institute of Jewellery in Delhi to penning down a novel, Vinita Bakshi has quite a multi-faceted personality.

31 Miles is her debut foray into writing. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this –

Mansa has the perfect family life—a husband, two daughters and a big house. But she feels that something is missing. After shifting to a major city, she decides to take the reins of her life in her own hands, she decides to step out and seek a career.

While enjoying the new-found freedom and confidence, she completely immerses herself in her work and her new life. Till one fateful day when she finds herself embroiled in a passionate affair—with an online lover. And then everything falls apart!

31 Miles is the story of a woman who rediscovers herself after marriage, and works towards self-emancipation. Will she give it all up for the elusive mirage created by the stranger? What turn will her life take next?

Vinita’s portrayal of Mansa’s world is so life-like. She’s had an arranged marriage and is happily settled as a homemaker with two daughters. Or is she really ‘happily settled’? Though her husband is really supportive and caring, she feels that there’s something missing in her life. We hear about so many Mansa’s around the world day in and day out, don’t we?

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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.

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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.

N for Nizwa Fort in OmanN for Nizwa Fort in Oman

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M for Mount Faber in Singapore

M for Mount Faber in Singapore

M for Mount Faber in Singapore

Singapore is a tourist haven with a variety of hotspots like the Sentosa Island, Singapore Flyer, Universal Studios, the shopping districts of Orchard Road, Marina Bay Sands and more.

M for Mount Faber in Singapore

M for Mount Faber in Singapore

The Hort Park offers a perfect place to get up close and personal with a variety of flowering plants

M for Mount Faber in Singapore

The common thread among all these is the fact that they are man – made attractions. These attractions are the ones which are advertised the most.

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L for Lycabettus Hill in Athens

L for Lycabettus Hill in Athens

Lycabettus Hill is a 300m tall hillock from the top of which one can get some fantastic birds eye views of Athens.

L for Lycabettus Hill in Athens

You can reach the top on foot, through the Lycabettus funicular or by a car. Since we visited the hill while on the way to the airport to catch our flight back, our guide took us to the top in the cab in order to save us some time.

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K for Kuwait

K for Kuwait

An early morning walk at the beach

K for Kuwait

A cloudy winter day

For most people, the country Kuwait generally evokes phrases like oil rich nation, hot weather etc. But it’s a country of numerous beaches as well. And what if I tell you that in this country you can take a nice long walk along the beautiful beaches for many months of the year?

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The sun sets over the Arabian Gulf

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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

J for Jabrin Fort in Oman

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I for India (Goa)

I for India (Goa)

Just landed at the Dabolim Airport onboard Indigo Airlines

I for India (Goa)

At the Zuri Resort in Varca, Goa

When you think of Goa, you think of booze, good looking men & women, beaches, the sun & sands, churches and so on.

I for India (Goa)

The sun rises on another day in Goa

I for India (Goa)

Nature at its best

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