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

Writings on the Wall #5: A Tribute to the Dead

Having just written a post about Olga Tokarczuk's book, Flights, I thought I must share my thoughts on travel as a way of visiting the past and paying a tribute to the great souls who made their cities and countries great. It isn't only about visiting crypts in cathedrals or cemeteries, many a time it… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #5: A Tribute to the Dead

Travel, In Ways You Never Imagined

As someone who loves travel, I must say that Olga Tokarczuk’s book, Flights, opened up new vistas in my mind about how to think about it. Part travelogue, part meditation on time and journeys, part historical storytelling, it is hard to even call it a novel, which is what it is. The genre-defying Flights is… Continue reading Travel, In Ways You Never Imagined

Writings on the Wall #4: Meeting of Cultures

Reading Olga Tokarczuk's book, Flights, right now and will be writing about it later this month. If there is anything that can be said about travel, it is that it is many flights at once. Across space and time, of course, but also of the imagination, of our understanding of foreign cultures, and of the… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #4: Meeting of Cultures

Writings on the Wall #2: Venice

I didn't intend this to be the next of my posts in the Writings on the Wall series, but with Venice flooded and the government there declaring a state of emergency in the city, I thought it might be appropriate to pay my homage to the magnificent city and send the people there my best… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #2: Venice

Writings On the Wall #1

The first of a set of my thoughts on travel, on cities, on why we visit and how they shape our world views, which I intend to share for the next few months. I thought I would begin this on the fateful day when, 30 years ago, the Berlin Wall came down and so did… Continue reading Writings On the Wall #1