Shifting Sands

Traveling through the primal lands of Western Australia where I didn’t expect to find much except desolation, I strangely came upon a site which linked directly to the title of this blog. The Shifting Sands themselves – in a pristine white, so soft to the touch. Their charm was enhanced against the backdrop of a…

Placelessness & Traveling

He watches, but what he sees isn’t real to him. Too much traveling and placelessness have put him outside everything, so that history happens elsewhere, it has nothing to do with him. He is only passing through. May be horror is felt more easily from home. This is both a redemption and an affliction, he…

The perfect end

This is one of the most heartbreaking, yet perfect endings in cinema. The ruin of a life, abandon and infinite pain. I visited Angkorwat recently, and kept going back to this moment of acute melancholy and perfection in those ruins.

Questions of Travel

Recently read a beautiful poem by Elizabeth Bishop at Five Branch Tree. I share part of it here: Is it right to be watching strangers in a play in this strangest of theatres?What childishness is it that while there’s a breath of life in our bodies, weare determined to rush to see the sun the…

Regal Walk

Spent a wild weekend at the Kanha National Park. This was my first trip to real wilderness, and it was a wonderful experience. Kanha is such a beautiful, varied place. And the tiger – it never looked so majestic in a zoo. (That’s the only place I have ever seen it before)

In Melbourne

Another trip to the land down under. Three more months of ‘Out of the box’ living 🙂 I am quite proud of my first day achievements: having found the closest library and becoming a member, AND issuing a few books which have been on my to-read list for a while. It is an interesting city…

Photos

To the Grey of Melbourne, originally uploaded by Shifting sands. One of my Melbourne snaps was selected for the sixth edition of Schmap Melbourne Guides. I took this one at the St Kilda Pier – a very beautiful place. I loved the grey tones of the city, apart from its chilliness. Might go there again…

Captured

Last few days in Brisbane, and I am trying to tuck away everything. I really enjoyed my stay here, especially some time being alone and away from the overpowering weight of a routine. The most beautiful evenings were spent listening to Eddie Vedder, walking on a wharf behind the story bridge. And some more spent…

Brisbane

It is almost a week since I have been living in this city. It is a pretty city, and it helps that I am living in the downtown, in a nice hotel-apartment on 30th floor where I can look down at the city glittering in its lights. There are a few libraries, theatres and performing…

Planning

At the end, originally uploaded by Shifting sands. Had intended this weekend to be a reading and movies weekend after a long time, since next weekend will be again wasted in flying to Sydney.However, it ended up being a weekend of traveling. Not that I am complaining. The drive to Murud was one of the…