Remember Your Chum?

Am sure we all had someone like this with us in our class at one time or the other:-)


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Animation In Stone!

The Masculine Epic

This is an image of a ‘spy’ captured and tortured by Ramses 2 (1303 – 1213 BC; reigned 1279 – 1213 BC), to reveal the enemy plans in the imminent Battle of Kadesh.

The victim looked like Ravana with multiple limbs. I was curious to know if there were some links to or similarities with Ramayana.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Our guide, a Phd in archaeology, clarified: It was the artist’s way of showing the victim shaking with fear at the hands of the mighty Ramses 2!

According to many accounts, Ramses 2 did not exactly cover himself with glory in this battle with Hittites, contrary to the story of valor and success he tells about himself on the walls of the Abu Simbel temple!

And this, despite the fact in those days there were no elections for him to win!

It’s the surmise of the historians he did it to prop up the morale of his people.

Here’s one more:

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The artist conveys the speed of the racing horse through time-lapsed snaps of its legs!!

A similar technique is employed elsewhere for an entirely different purpose:

IMG_5910 Temple Of Horus

This panel in the Temple of Horus shows porters bearing a boat, a frequently used motif/metaphor in the land of Nile.

How many of them at the back? Would you say 3, in a file?

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Look closely at the folds dropping down in the front of this man’s robe – this has nothing to do with the speed of the marcher. No animation here.

It’s actually the individual robes of 4 of 5 porters marching in a row, only the one closest to us is visible! In all there are 12 to 15 porters out there at the back.

Fooled? So we were!




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The Little Girl From Luxor

We got off the boat, crossed the wide promenade-like side-walk lining the water-front and headed for the bus to take us to the hotel.

There in the middle was this little girl all by herself, away from her mother at some distance perhaps earning her living selling baubles to tourists.


The reason for her effervescent joy – no vaccine would save you catching it from her!

She managed to very sweetly wangle a bindi from a lady who luckily happened to carry an extra piece with her. She held the child’s face steady with her hands and fondly fixed it on her forehead as best as the excited girl would let.

And then…she let herself go in utterly graceful and fluid movements of her limbs in a joyous dance form purists would be hard put to name.

That’s when I ‘got’ her posing for me.

It was only a couple of minutes before we drove away, the girl waving her ‘byes’ until she disappeared out of sight on a turn.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, her joyous innocent face



Notes: 1) bindi – the distinctive vermilion dot or a substitute sported on the forehead by Hindu women 2) I checked with our bus driver on the propriety of my clicking act, admittedly not the same as seeking her parents’ permission 3) The obliging kind lady was V, my cousin’s wife 4) The charmer, we learnt, went by the name Rudhwa, derived from the Arabic “Riḍwān”, meaning pleased, satisfaction, virtuous and pious!!

Be Warned If You’re Planning To Start A Family




The Survival Of The Intelligent

Good news for dog lovers: In this knowledge era, dogs are rapidly evolving…may soon be expected to outlive humans.

Here’s some irrefutable evidence of it:









It’s His Wish!

The picture showed the Multi-zillionaire tycoon Ambani worshipping Laalbaug-cha-Raja, the mammoth Ganesha hosted this year at Laalbaug, with his family.

The speculation rife on the social network was: while the family was offering prayers what could Ambani possibly asking of the God.  



Words Worth A Thousand Pictures





Via: and images from the net