A view of the Delhi to Gurgaon traffic in a morning from my Radisson Hotel room.
We went deep inside the Indian Ocean in a boat to see the dolphins in the ocean. A dolphin obliged us by jumping into the air from the water in a somersault. It’s awesome!
Little bird, little bird,
Fly through my window,…
The moment the date palm trees bloom, it is a warning sign to all from nature that – the summer has arrived. It is now the start of a new season, a new cycle. Slowly, the now flowered dates will develop, grow, and ripe as the summer reaches its peak. In Iraq, summer is very dry, and hot with day time temperature shooting beyond 50 degrees Celsius. I like any blossoming as it heralds a new life, a new hope despite all odds. It’s a harbinger of new beginning!
“The Indian rupee was used as currency in Iraq from 1917 until Iraq’s formal independence from Britain in 1932, when it was replaced by the Iraqi dinar.
But our connections predate the British occupation, and there were very strong centuries-old religious and economic ties between our two nations. The gold that covers the domes and minarets of the shrines of the Imams in Iraq were donated by Indian Rajas. Our trading and merchant families sent their sons to settle in India, as well as many Indian families that came on pilgrimage chose to settle in Iraq. They brought with them Indian culture and cuisine.
In the Basra area in the south of Iraq, people still use many varieties of biryani and other spicy dishes, which other Iraqis find difficult to handle.”
Dr Hussain Ibrahim Saleh al-Shahristani
Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Iraq
Rooftop, Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai
Wednesday 14 August 2013