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A Palace of Dreams

This forgotten photo taken years ago while looking a palace on the other and exhibited in “Journeys of the Soul” came alive today. Dreams & Memories …. the pillars of … Continue reading

May 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why are We Buying Art

The reasons one buys art are many. The few that I could think of right away, sitting here in my armchair are presented below in ascending order of engagement levels: … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment


On this cloudy rainy morning my morning-tea companion on tbe terrace is Alexander.  And other great minds.  And lest I as a collector get carried away and think of myself … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Museums or Online?

I was writing a little description for one of my beloved pieces – doting on various aspects, discovering new elements that I had not noticed before and in general giving … Continue reading

May 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Material Pleasures

When I was young I desired a million things but had no money to buy them with. Now when I am old, I have more money but very few things … Continue reading

March 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Thousand Flowers 

The memory of a great experience becomes a seed in our mind Lying dormant until we water it with attention. If we just close our eyes and shut out the … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Random Thoughts: A New Metric of Success 

The success of scientific research paper is measured in the number of times it is quoted by other subsequeny published research papers. In the same way, the success or wealth … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

I must do more…

Strange how winning an auction of a intensely desired item can make one think! This is the little story of my 4am soul searching..

June 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Weekend Musings – We shall never know ..

Exploring a whole new culture and its history, its evolution and the reasons that make it what it is today … is like taking a journey with imperfect lenses not … Continue reading

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why do I collect old things?

Why do we collect antiques? Why do I collect antiques? It could be to get as close as possible to the past. It is the only way to capture the … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Wednesday Wisdom!

Every now and then words of wisdom (usually from others) try to enlighten me …

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

WHY I travel

A note on the ‘Why’ of travel – by a woman who lived a hundred years ago and traveled solo in those days [with servants]

January 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Thoughts on Collecting

Last week someone asked me how do I go about selecting / rejecting pieces. I thought and answered but this is not an easy question and the thinking continues… Instead … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Controversial Clever Lines

A very clever little work. But this advice is certainly not appropriate for all. There are many many situations in which I would give such advice to my children. And … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Emperor’s Robe of ‘Literacy’

They were called illiterate. Because those who decided this wrote with pen and paper wrote in characters and not pictures used a different script logic * had a qualitatively different … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Finding Purpose

Let us pray to the Gods of Probability that the opportunities that come our way, come at the right timing in our lives, and that we have the wisdom to … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Art & Dads

More than a decade ago, art began entering our lives and as a result, cash began leaving our bank. At some point we addressed this issue actively and wondered whether … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fragments and other Dilemmas

In my early collecting years, I came across several collectors who would happily buy fragments and enjoy their beauty. Fragments are textiles that were damaged enough to strip them off … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Strength to Nepal Earthquake Survivors

Love & strength to all Nepalis. 🙁 Memories from a few years ago.   All these places are beautiful and it is sad that some of these did not survive. … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doubt & Hope | The Saga of Antique Yao Paintings

Ever had the dreaded feeling that some precious thing was lost forever? I’d been living with that feeling for over a year now! After the ‘Vanishing Cultures’ Exhibition [click to … Continue reading

April 9, 2015 · 4 Comments

Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya – Immortal Mr. Lee Kuan Yew

asato ma sat gamaya tamaso ma jyotir gamaya mrityorma amritam gamaya In the moment of untruth let me see the truth In the moment of  darkness let me see light, … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Purpose of Life

“For the mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. Without a concrete idea of what he is living for, man … Continue reading

March 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Day or rather Quote of My Life!

“Yeh world hai na world, is mein do tarah ke log hote hai … ek joh saari zindagi ek hi kaam karte rehte hai … aur doosre joh ek hi … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shedding Draupadi’s Sari before the Ocean

Yes – these are the true colors of the ocean in Phi Phi island, near Phuket Thailand. Yes I am extremely fortunate to have seen such waters several times in … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment


‘Let me sail, let me sail, let the orinoco flow, Let me reach, let me beach On the shores of Tripoli. Let me sail, let me sail, Let me crash … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Bleak Sunset of Vanishing Cultures

Yesterday as I walked on Carter Road in the mood for contemplation, I witnessed this totally bland sunset. Grey, bleak, unnoticed, unsung and so gradual that visually one would not … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Irresponsible Photography

There is no code of ethics for photographers or tour operators. Each is guided by their own moral compass and their own motivations. Sometimes those motivations can be less-than-sensitive and … Continue reading

May 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Labour Day Contradiction

Today, the 1st of May, Labor day is a holiday that celebrates and honors workers. This photo on facebook reminded me of the shirts that the construction workers working on … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sleep deprived in the Urban Forest

No – not urban jungle. I mean the urban forest. I live near the center of Panjim city with a little hill behind my block and a landscaped garden with … Continue reading

April 25, 2013


The success of an individual lies in the distance that she has managed to cover between the mindset (and therefore life) of her own grandmother and the life of her … Continue reading

April 4, 2013

My daughter & her dreams …

Please support her dream of contributing to society. Click on this link to read more.. Thank you for your time. jm Feb 2013

February 12, 2013

Indian History – my education system failed me

My school teachers and my school text books always told me that India had been ruled by the British. But through my travel and the books that I have stumbled … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · 3 Comments

Addition to my “wish list’

Want to do this someday: Jump off a mountain jm Jan 2013  

January 20, 2013

And one more reaches the finishing line

A friend died yesterday. Known him for 30 years from the first week at St.Xavier’s college. Everyone was too busy in those days so we hung out together but I … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · 4 Comments


Sometimes I feel like I have done everything there was to do. That there is nothing left to be done anymore that could engage my heart mind and soul for … Continue reading

July 15, 2012

Media Invasions

The Holocaust to me always meant the genocide of European Jews during WWII. It was the biggest human tragedy that I knew of and the enormity was due to the … Continue reading

June 6, 2012

The Kohinoor Diamond

Quoting from Wikipedia: “The Kōh-i Nūr  which means “Mountain of Light” in Persian, also spelled Koh-i-noor, Koh-e Noor or Koh-i-Nur, is a 105 carat (21.6 g) diamond (in its most recent … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

Nomad across Time

As I live in the year 2012, and travel to different places, I realise that not all of us are living in the same spot in time. Yes we may … Continue reading

March 14, 2012

Every woman needs a Daughter!

My daughter is a ‘cat’ in spirit. She has the most likeable personality I have ever met combined with the ability to treat everyone like a piece of furniture. In … Continue reading

February 14, 2012

The Last Dance

The Paris Opera Ballet (France) presented at the Esplanade in Singapore recently. Before I entered the private box that I had a seat in, the hosts – the Esplanade management … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

New Year Contemplations

I never did see the value of celebrating the completion of an additional revolution of the earth around the sun. I did not see why this was a reason to … Continue reading

January 1, 2012

Thoughts and dreams

Experiences evoke thoughts and reactions and dreams. Some that I’d like to remember years from now have been put down here. jm

January 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Third World Country Happiness

My 20 year old son asked a question to which I have no answer. We’d spent 2 hours  neck deep in the Arabian Sea,  wave-bashing at Candolim Beach and eaten … Continue reading

December 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

Falling from the sky

(Written in Sep 2010, images added in Nov 2011) Last year around the same time – we were in Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand – getting our first taste … Continue reading

November 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

Heartaches and Heartbreaks 1

It was a night several years ago. Our apartment on the 17th floor was near enough to the balcony of the neighbours on the 16th and 17th floor – near … Continue reading

September 10, 2011

Units to measure Life – contemplations on a Birthday

As a teenager I had resolved that birthdays or anniversaries are in themselves useless. A year = a revolution of the earth around the sun. So it is at the … Continue reading

August 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

My journey as a Photographer

This is a copy of the ‘Biography’ page on forum that I updated every now and then. At some point I gave up adding to this page ….but have … Continue reading

July 23, 2011

Death of a paradigm

I play chess. I have been playing chess for about 12 years off and on. My game hasn’t improved much and I am quite bad but its fun so I … Continue reading

February 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Ancient Ku Traditions – Mourning, Forgiveness and Vengeance

Sub-Saharan Africa. Tobosa People. Ku Language. A tradition. A lesson for the world. The essence of that tradition is as follows: When someone kills a loved one – in the … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

Layer upon layer upon layer…

First there were the tribes. And they had a way of life…one in which they had hardship and struggles, and they made articles of lasting beauty in that environment. Today … Continue reading

October 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

Textile Art Photography

Today an idea descended upon me as I walked by the water….. A project that converges the twin streams of traditional textiles and photography…. I have with me a gorgeous … Continue reading

October 6, 2010 · Leave a comment

A Common Language …..a fallacy

In travelling the world, we think that if we know the language of the other person, we will be able to understand his words. My experiences have borne out that … Continue reading

October 2, 2010 · Leave a comment

Losing my babies – a journey into the past and the future

Sept 13th The only emotion I feel when the realisation strikes is shock and disbelief. To think that the world carries on, in spite of the huge vaccum… did it … Continue reading

September 13, 2010 · Leave a comment

The Journey from Inception to Action

28th aug Had begun thinking about going on my second trip to Tibet pre-winter this year – began thinking about 6 weeks ago. I gave the idea a hibernation break … Continue reading

August 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

Journeys I want to make…

I want to spend one night on the streets of Mumbai – finding a spot to lay my head on along with the thousands that do this without any other … Continue reading

August 5, 2010 · Leave a comment


Battling in the river waves, struggling to stay afloat, suspending all thought, emptied of all emotion, being physically overwhelmed by the muddy monsoon rapids, with the consciousness registering just the … Continue reading

July 2, 2010 · 1 Comment







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