Daily Prompt: Bookworms

Yes, I know. I haven’t blogged in a billion years. But today’s Daily Prompt deals with something that’s a big, BIG, BIIIIIG part of who I am. Books. I have been reading since I could well, um, read. :) Romance, murder mysteries, horror, sci fi, Eastern philosophy, Chick-lits… I’ll read anything (if I’m in the mood). 

So, although I’m not a photographer, here’s a collection of images that revolve round “books”. To start off, my ‘cupboard of love’ (which is basically a walk-in cupboard full of books):


And of course, there are books everywhere in the house. My bedside table for instance:


My other bedside table:


And finally …. the current love of my life:




Daily Prompt: Turn, Turn, Turn

The Daily Prompt today:

For many of us, winter is blooming into spring, or fall hardening into winter. Which season do you most look forward to?

Muscat basically has two seasons: summer and not-really-summer-but-we-can’t-do-anything-about-it-so-let’s-just-call-it-winter.

The second season – for all practical purposes, let’s just stick to calling it winter – is perhaps the best thing about this place. The days are warm, yes… But not overbearingly so. And sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get the chance to show off you ‘winter’ wardrobe. My favourite thing about these not-so-warm months are the evenings… usual addas morph into languid sheesha sessions… weekends are interspersed with BBQs… long walks by the beach… Bliss!

True our winters don’t comprise beautiful snowy-scapes or the charm of Mediterranean winters.. but winters in Muscat have a certain je ne sais quoi you just can’t beat.


Ps – Here’s another post on winter from ‘back in the day’ ;)

Travel Theme: Roads

This week, Ailsa’s travel theme was roads. Her blog Where’s My Backpack is amazing. Do take a look, if you haven’t already and join the challenge! My images are from trips and non-trips over the past 3-4 years. These are either taken with my cell-phone cam or my trusty point & shoot (Warning: My enthusiasm for this particular post went a little over board.)

The first one is of this beautiful little town of Callander in Scotland:


Next on the list is Glasgow. The pic was taken from a moving bus, so it might be a little blurred, but I wanted to include a picture of one of my favourite cities:


It’s funny how I don’t have too many pics of Muscat. I need to take more and make the most of my stay here. This one was shot with a cell-phone cam. An ex-colleague of mine had taken me and another colleague out for a spin in the Porche that’s pictured (woot!) – a test drive, of course. Fun day!


On a different note, here are a couple taken in Winderemere/Lake District:



OK, I’m sorry. I couldn’t stick with just two. Here’s one last picture from the Lake District: :)


This one was shot just outside a pottery factory in Delft:


The famous Closing Dike, The Netherlands

the closing dike

Florence! What a beautiful city!


The streets of Calcutta are never empty. This was taken from a cab on our way to the famous Victoria Memorial


Paris, France:


And finally, Amsterdam:



You know those lazy Thursday afternoons when you don’t feel like doing anything at all? No? Nothing? Really? Alright, I’ll just tell you then. It’s too hot to go outside, you’re sick of reading… all you want to do is veg-out… And today happens to be just one of those days. Usually, I do randomly idiotic stuff… things that I’m too chicken to otherwise admit. If you’re curious (if not, just skip this blog post and try your luck some other time) here are some ridiculously stupid ways how I kill time:

– Delete people from my friends’ list on Facebook. Yep! In fact, the number of friends on my list is inversely proportional to how much free time I have. People with whom I haven’t spoken to over two years: Delete. People I know I’ll never meet again: Delete. People I’d like to completely erase from my memory: Delete. Show no mercy : )

– Organise my iTunes library: Like, categorizing my music according to genre. Missing album cover? Add that. Wrongly spelt song titles/artist names? Fix that too. As mundane as it sounds, I love it. Apart from all the fun that comes from organising things (yes, you indeed read that right), I get to re-discover the ‘lost’ tracks and sometimes come across music I don’t even remember having.

– Reddit: The sole reason why I have no friends or social life. But hey, I got Karma.

– Check airfares to random destinations. Sometimes I plan out vacations in my head. Puerto Vallarta, Cape Verde, Samos… you get the idea. I’ll check airfares, places to see, things to do… and then just leave it at that.

–  Watch tutorial videos on YouTube. Ok, I’ll be a little more honest here, I mainly watch make-up tutorials. Nail art tutorials, date-night eye makeup tutorials, Anime inspired girls’ night-out look tutorial, double your underwear as a scrunchie tutorial… It’s all very fascinating!

So there you have it. Just a few ways I kill time, when I’m not in the mood to do anything else. Many a precious weekends have been spent doing ‘nothing’. When I step into the office, first day of the week people usually ask how my weekend was. I just shrug and say, “Pretty uneventful!” Now you know what I mean : )

Daily Prompt Post: Far from normal

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Many of us think of our lives as boringly normal, while others live the high life. Take a step back, and take a look at your life as an outsider might. Now, tell us at least six unique, exciting, or just plain odd things about yourself.

Right. I have no delusions about my existence. Right now my life’s pretty mundane and predictable. However, I’m sure I can dig up some odd bits about myself for our entertainment… (some odd, some not so much)


1. I live in Oman. Might not be unique to some, but when I go travelling it’s always fun to meet people who have never heard of Oman before. I always say, “Muscat (the capital city and where I live now), is a four hour drive from Dubai.” Yep, people have heard about our posh neighbours the UAE – but Oman has a charm of it’s own.

2. Some of my closest ‘friends’ are my ‘cousins’ (by association) – ages ranging from 14 to 19 – and I often go ‘partying’ with my parents and their friends. Yes, this is true. We have a very close-knit circle of friends and I’ve grown up around them… and sometimes I prefer hanging out with them over anything else.

3. I (like to think that I) have an eclectic taste in music. Have had the chance to watch artists/bands like: Incubus, Joshua Bell, Children of Bodom, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Angela Gheorghiu, Dimmu Borgir and Michel Legrand among many others.

4. I write letters which I’ll never post, to people whom I’ll never again meet… (usually deceased friends).

5. At 28, I have no clue what I’m doing.

6. I haven’t watched Sholay. Trust me, if you’re Indian – this is a BIG deal.