Writings on the Wall #13: Travel With Locals

As autumn falls and our thoughts turn to the festive season ahead of us, travel is bound to be on our minds too. In the days of Covid-19, that might be only a distant possibility, since countries are reimposing stricter travel and quarantine conditions all the time. There is something to be said, however, for… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #13: Travel With Locals

Writings on The Wall #12: Beating The Lockdown Blues

This being the 12th of my Writings on The Wall posts means it completes a year. I raise a glass - actually a cup of coffee - to that. I just recently wrote on what wines and spirits brands can do to stay engaged with consumers and sell their drinks during a pandemic, in which… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #12: Beating The Lockdown Blues

Owl About Words: Dictionary Neighbours

Most words that are neighbours in the English dictionary are only so in a manner of speaking. They might sit next to each other or even a few words apart, but other than that they might actually be worlds apart. Why, don't we know of so many English words that have several meanings and depending… Continue reading Owl About Words: Dictionary Neighbours

Writings on the Wall #9: Equality

As the world comes to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, other demons are also rearing their ugly heads. Racial and religious divides that are polarising countries even more, if that were possible. Right now, the US is in the grip of racial tensions sparked off by yet another killing of an unarmed Black man by… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #9: Equality

Writings On The Wall #8: Staying Human

It is human connections with each other that make us who we are. And an integral part of that is personal, face-to-face interactions, which technology only allows so much of. But at least we have that; people who suffered the Black Death or the Spanish Flu didn't know what was happening to their family members… Continue reading Writings On The Wall #8: Staying Human

Owl About Words: Made for Post-Lockdown

Covid-19 has been a time of turning inward, of withdrawal from the world. But it's also been a time of binge-watching, binge-streaming, binge-listening and more online. Now that lockdowns are being relaxed, people have already begun talking of binge-shopping. I am not so sure about that yet, but it's just the time to discuss the… Continue reading Owl About Words: Made for Post-Lockdown

Owl About Words: The Fuss Over a Folk Rhyme

Alright, time for yet another word from the days of yore. More precisely, the eighteenth century word, crinkum-crankum. Do you think it's another way to describe a cranky child or a crotchety old man? Or even an old jalopy that needs to be cranked up, in order to start? Those were certainly the thoughts swimming… Continue reading Owl About Words: The Fuss Over a Folk Rhyme

Writings on the Wall #7: Architecture

Even as the world finds itself in the grip of a coronavirus pandemic, and travel has all but come to a standstill, I thought I'd share my thoughts on what makes cities unique, in their own distinctive way. Architecture. It's one of the dimensions of a city that we admire as visitors. Not just the… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #7: Architecture

Writings On the Wall #6: Solidarity

With the threat of Covid-19 spreading to many more countries and cities, it is only to be expected that many places are under lockdown and people are being quarantined. Travel will be severely restricted. I had written in my post on Covid-19 that while the world takes precautionary measures and imposes restrictions, it is better… Continue reading Writings On the Wall #6: Solidarity