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I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.
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Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 3

No surface was immune to the artist’s love for color, ornamentation, and beauty. Advertisements

Napoleon III’s apartments at the Louvre – 2

A substitute for a visit to Versailles if you cannot make it, Napoleon III’s apartments, preserved at the Louvre are full of things big and small to make you wonder at the skill and opulence of the age.

One liner Wednesday (yeah it’s Friday) – gross-out warning

The problem with democracy is that if you give every asshole an equal voice, all you’ll hear is farts.

One liner Wednesday

All you people enjoying bird plumage in the mating season do realize this is just the male birds’ version of sending d*** pics, right?

Notre Dame – Paris

Eight days shy of one year, I stood inside the great cathedral on a cloudy, blustery, rainy Paris afternoon. I was not dressed for the weather the interiors were warm, dry, inviting. I ended up spending about 3 hours there, taking in a guided tour and staying back to marvel at the beauty and the … Continue reading

Notre Dame…

What an immense loss! I can hardly believe the images. Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in a massive fire last evening that destroyed the spire and the roof.

Napoleon III’s Apartments at the Louvre – 1

A throwback to the time when the Louvre still was a royal palace, the set of apartments from the time of Napoleon III have remained largely untouched since the time they were in use, in the mid-nineteenth century, providing a glimpse into the art and decor of the period. If, like me, you do not … Continue reading

Egyptian art at the Louvre – 8

A (possibly ceremonial) knife with the handle carved out of hippopotamus or elephant ivory. The handle shows a raid or battle scene, the raiding party probably having reached by boats seen at the bottom of the scene. The blade itself is carved from a specific kind of flint stone found in Egypt. There are only … Continue reading

An ancient story

Allow me to tell you a short story. It has to be short because it was inspired by a small set of squiggles on an ancient artifact, and my Holmes-ian attempt to deduce their origin. Here’s the piece. A man sat outside his hut, fashioning pots out of the riverside clay. He might be using … Continue reading

Egyptian Art at the Louvre – 7

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