The Illusion

Don’t like canonised Mantras? No problem!—we are trending Spiritual Gurus. Too often have godmen coyed people’s minds with their spiritual jargon and the pseudo circuses they play in the name of peace and tranquillity; spiritual leaders who call themselves the connoisseurs of the spirit world make huge money and fame by self-attesting their theories and…

The Barmy Hellene…

‘Until where, Alexander?’ said a voice from the war-beaten crowd that had gathered to hear him speak at the brim of the known world. Standing in the centre of Asia, their lord had proclaimed complete control over the once-bustling and lively country of Persia that had once lacerated his homeland. His vacillating emotions welled out;…

An Enlightening Doctrine Or A Stigmatised Narcissism?—Faith

The nouns Hindu or Hinduism reverberate with utmost reverence in the minds of most of the native Indians and foreigners alike. However, the words don’t mean a thing to the most orthodox of Indians; in fact, the word India has no reference made in any native scripture until the Persians invented it during the later…

The Contortions Of Life

A beam of daylight shined through the window, waking him to a very regular scene at home; the day unfolded with his mum invoking her revered Gods she has never seen before, praying for forgiveness for the sins she’s never committed – with that began her daily drudgery; mornings come with an added trouble of…

The Final Chapter

It is not without regret and a great sense of pain that I narrate the last part of the story; for I wished to stay back and renounce my homeland. I could not wish to part with such beauty and splendour as I’d witnessed in these parts for the past few days. My mind was…

Artists’ Paradise!

The taps ran dry on the last day and I had no means of fixing it. Massimo was in his room I suspected, for I could hear the sound of water pattering softly just above my roof (he had told me the previous night that he lived on the second floor of the same building)….

The City that’s Frozen in time

I took out my notepad, a pen, and some sheets that I had used to roughly jot down my adventures. Remembering every bit that had happened earlier that day, I started filling in the gaps to complete my log. The journey was, for the most part, peaceful after a long day’s march. The train was…

Treasures From The Past

Days were passing like hours and I had only one thing left to do in Rome. My trip to the city was to conclude with a visit to the prestigious museums within the Vatican walls that I had reserved for the last day. The museums were extremely well maintained and overpopulated almost all the time…

From Bricks to Marbles!

John was waiting for me at the Forum Romanum, near the Tempio di Cesare (Temple of Caesar). The day was waning fast. Still fresh in my mind was the Autobiography that I had read a few months ago: ‘I, Claudius’ by Robert Graves which had inspired me to travel to this splendid city. You simply cannot…

The Wandering Romans

10. The Pagan Rome bounces back: I paid the city tax first thing in the morning, some €12 for 3 nights I suppose.   ‘Ciao! (Hello!)’, said the old woman. ‘Tu sono alzati presto oggi! (You’re up early today!)’ ‘Sì sì, I have a long day ahead of me. The city tax is due. Here, is it…

At the Vatican!

7. At the Vatican: Walking some 500 metres from Ottaviano, I reached a huge elliptical enclosure which could hold hundreds of thousands of people at once. Colossal colonnades stood framing the perimeter of the large area; like the vanguards of the enormous 500-year-old basilica. This new country within Rome was blissful, to say the least. At the centre of the vast expanse of…

Across the Mediterranean

1. The Long-Expected weekend: We have all had that special day that excites us beyond comparison. Yeah, that very day when you start planning a long journey. It was on a Saturday, 15th of August 2015, that I started thinking of travelling alone. It wasn’t a bad idea, after all, I can be in touch…