The Great Arab Revolt in Wadi Rum

The Great Arab Revolt in Wadi Rum

It is a very hot day with scorching sun roasting us. Well, almost. It feels like peak of summer. Our train is chugging at a slow pace, emitting black coal smoke at regular intervals. I can see an expanse of brick-coloured desert around us with occasional small sandstone hillocks. The land seems to be so barren.


I am in Wadi Rum, … Read the rest

An evening in Coloane

You may treat it as ‘Things to do in Coloane’ but for me, an evening well spent.

Coloane macau

That’s Mainland China at the other end!

Most remarkable aspect of Macau is that, the two most important islands are extremely well connected by road, to Taipa Island on the south and the southern-most island of Coloane. In fact there is so much of reclaimed land between Coloane and Taipa that a new region called Cotai (Coloane-Taipa) has been created. One can easily say that Coloane perhaps is the poorest among other Macanese regions. That does not mean it is actually poor, it … Read the rest

My top 3 wines from Spain

When you think of wine, you might think of France, or possibly Italy, you might even think of the bold wines from the Americas. However some people think of Spain, which is, believe it or not, the world’s third biggest producer of wine! It offers wines that are as fruity, dry, rich, and diverse and the country that creates them.
Here are three of the wonderful wines produced in this exceptional country.

wines vineyard

Spain’s most… Read the rest

First Impression of Jordan

I have been to a few countries in Middle East but it was my first visit to Jordan. As a human nature, I tend to compare them involuntarily. Like everyone else, I too had my expectations and apprehensions. I am always excited to know how a new place surprises me.

Jordan was no different. I ponder upon what is my first impression of Jordan, a country similar to its neighbors, yet so different. Here are my observations as a first time visitor to Jordan.


Beyond Petra and Wadi Rum
I had … Read the rest

Jordan River bank where Jesus was Baptised!

Yardenit Baptismal Site – River bank where Jesus was Baptised!

It was around noon when we reached the holy site of Yardenit Baptismal, situated on the southern coast of the Sea of Galilee.

Almost two millennia ago a man named Jesus was baptized here by John the Baptist, one the priests of that time, ministry of Jesus is said to have commenced then and there. The ceremony of Baptism, at that time, was more of purification of sins than what it means now. Much like washing away sins in the river Ganga.


So this was the River bank where it Read the rest