“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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lycabettus Hill is a 300m tall hillock from the top of which one can get some fantastic birds eye views of 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.
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?
Helgeandsholmen is one of Stockholm’s numerous islands. It includes the Riksdag (Parliament Building), Stockholm Palace, Gamla stan and the Museum of Medieval Stockholm.
The views in and around Norrström, (the part which connects Lake Malaren with the Baltic Sea) are splendid to say the least.