United Arab Emirates


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1st July 2015 – Mamallapuram, India The memories will remain etched for ever Of a year that went by in poetry and pics. But its not the places that will spring to mind. Its only – and always – the people who will stick. I thought this day would never come, but it’s day 365 today!   Its been 35 countries (and Kosovo), spread across 3 different continents. With 21 international flights, 23 international border crossings by land and couchsurfing in 20 countries. Riding a motorbike through 12000 km of the indian subcontinent, including the cold Himalayan roads of Nepal and […]

Project 365: Day 365 – That’s all, ladies and gentlemen!


Duty free shops at Dubai, UAE
15th June 2015 – Dubai, UAE It didn’t help much that I bound at home today. And it didn’t help much that inertia was a close pal. But the land of flashy cars and excess heat is getting to me. Its time to board that airbus, and shift to a different locale. Like the past 2 days, when Dubai had me by my neck with its heat, the trend continued today also: I stayed at home throughout the day. But in the evening, I had no choice to step out. For a simple reason. I was leaving Dubai today. It was a […]

Project 365: Day 349 – Dutyfree shops and flashy cars


The view from Al Mamzar corniche
14th June 2015 – Dubai, UAE I was caged again. 2 days in a row now. Because Europe had me pampered with its cold winters. If not for some Mandi, and a walk through the Newest of Dubai’s projects, it could have been much worse   For the second day in a row, I found myself sitting at home in the mornings. And you can blame the 40C temperature in Dubai, for that staycation.   It has been quite a while since I experienced something like this. From the days when I landed in Serbia in the snowfall till praying for the winter […]

Project 365: Day 348 – A walk in the Mamzar corniche



Dubai metro station
13th June 2015 – Dubai, UAE The heat engulfed, encapsulated, every inch of my skin, And like a caged animal, I stayed in. Whimpering, but alive. I took to the night like a werewolf in June’s simmering heat. And decided that in air-conditioned metro stations, I shall thrive. I have already been through Dubai on this project once, and clicked almost every possible angle of it, from old souks to parks to tall buildings. So, I was unsure what to see for the day. Yet, staying inside was not an option. I was being hosted by an old friend in Chennai along with […]

Project 365: Day 347 – Saved by the metro stations


Orpheus statue at Sofia airport, Bulgaria
12th June 2015 – Sofia, Bulgaria The European odyssey, is finally over. Not sure how I feel about it, but I am smiling. I bid my goodbyes, and sang with the thracian Orpheus, And watched as the flight wings hovered above the desert ring. It has been a long 5 months, hopping through Europe. Most of it, during the cold winter months. But sadly, yet happily, it ends today. The fact is, I miss home a little bit. Home is not as you would imagine it. I just miss the luxury of sitting in a corner or a chair that I am […]

Project 365: Day 346 – Goodbye Europe. Hello again, Asia


sharjah, uae, emirates, airport, travel, photography
21st January 2015 – Sharjah, UAE We build homes, buildings and offices so magnanimous, yet feel content, in a weird way, sleeping in an airport. That joy you feel, is called a satiated wanderlust. While the joy of a home is sublime, Today, its the nomad I court. I may complain about waiting and crappy airport services a lot, but the fact is: I love being in airports. There is something so nomadic about staying in an airport, that it even that tickles my wanderlust. Something like Tom Hank’s ‘Terminal’. I hope you read the sarcasm in my lines. Because I just […]

Project 365: Day 204 – Sleeping in Airports



Silence of the lamps. - Dubai, UAE
26th August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates The sun wound down, bringing the neon lights on. While the diners lined up at the valet, wallets tense. Between this moment, and the madness that will follow, Even the festival city is prone to bouts of silence. I had learnt my lessons well after the debacle at Abu Dhabi yesterday. We made plans in the afternoon to go the Miracle Gardens of Dubai, which is the largest natural flower garden in the world. Good sense prevailed, and we called up to check. Turns out the gardens were closed during the summer. Close shave, because I […]

Project 365: Day 56 – In the city of festivals


There should be a bus. Soon. - Abu Dhabi, UAE
25th August 2014 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Paulo Coelho once said ‘waiting is painful’. Maybe he was waiting for eons for a bus too. When the scalding desert winds tear you up, What else would a vengeful writer do? Two months into my travel, and I haven’t made any major blunders so far. Until today. Today was a day that I was destined to get screwed. So, despite all my friends telling me that there is nothing much to see in Abu Dhabi, I still caught a bus from Dubai’s Al Ghubaiba bus station to Abu Dhabi. The fare […]

Project 365: Day 55 – The first of many blunders


Playtime is not yet over. - Al Rigga park, in Dubai, UAE 2
24th August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates Like a posse of fireflies in the distant night The city lit up, and the playground was alight. Even in the scalding arabian heat and winds, There was always time to play, to fall, to fight. I had become a little tired of the humidity in this part of the world by now. So today, I just chilled at home. In fact, I stayed at my friend’s place till 7 in the evening, fully enjoying the luxury of a big, warm bed and air-conditioning to go with it. We left home at 7 […]

Project 365: Day 54 – The dance of the fireflies



Through the heart of the desert - Ras Al Khaima, UAE
23rd August 2014 – Ras Al Khaima, United Arab Emirates The bedouins now drove lancers and lexus, and anything new. The camels gladly watch them go through a range. In a land that keeps metamorphosising constantly, Its only the solitary desert that doesn’t change. I met with another friend from Kerala today, and all 3 of us headed out to see the Jabal Al Jais mountains in Ras Al Khaima. Roughly 170 KMs from Dubai, this is a high-altitude place, where the temperature can drop down to the 19-20 range. Given that the temperature for the day was 41 C, it wasn’t […]

Project 365: Day 53 – From one Emirate to Another


The rising. - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
22nd August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates Like a stubborn compass pointing forever to the north Like a bard singing tales of the past fall Its as if the world was a cone, and not round, this city keeps building itself, to be become more tall. I met one of my college seniors in this city, and he has been driving me around all day. Eijaz has a penchant for photography too, and more importantly, had a penchant for long drives, so we pretty much moved around the city, soaking in the sights and sounds. It maybe no match for the Burj Khalifa, […]

Project 365: Day 52 – The tall tales


Even the waters are painted gold here. - Dubai creek, United Arab Emirates 4
21st August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates In a land where tales of sweat and tears are commonplace There is a market where those tales turned to gold. Like ants building their own hill, little by little, Everyone builds their fortune here, both new and old. A lot of what is written about Dubai, is about the high-flying Emirati lifestyle and the skyscrapers giving high-fives to the clouds. But there is another side of Dubai where the old, uncomplicated way of life still prevails. Old Dubai is the name given to key districts like Al Fahidi, Bastakiya and Shindangha, where many buildings are […]

Project 365: Day 51 – City of gold



Dry boats for today. - Dubai, UAE
20th August 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates The heat and humidity have begun to take its toll on me, Dry winds, blowing sand and visions of a warm bed. A morning walk to a museum was not how I wanted to start, but I’ve set the tone, and my legs take me to where they are led. Whenever I click with a wide-angle lens, I love to use a warming filter. This gives the pictures a little orangish look, but I totally love that look. In Dubai, I find out, that I will never be needing a warming filter. Check out the other famous […]

Project 365: Day 50 – Warming filter. Not needed.


singapore eunos metro station 13
This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning