Faraya Mzaar-Kfardebian | The largest ski resort in the Middle East

Mzaar Kfardebian — formerly Faraya Mzaar is a ski area in Lebanon and the largest ski resort in the Middle East. It was founded in the late 1950s. There are 42 slopes and 80km of piste spread across three distinct valleys — named Wardeh, Jonction and Le Refuge – plus a number of ski schools and a wide variety of options for snowboarding, snow-shoeing, ski-touring, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Met Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

While returning today from Ranchi to Baghdad, I just walked across the great Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at the Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi. He is a renowned Indian classical musician. He has been awarded the second highest civilian honour – Padma Vibhushan in India.

Moon with Halo

It looks like a natural miracle. It is called as 22° halo. It is formed around the Sun or the Moon. It was a white circle around the moon. That breathtaking vision in the night sky is the result of ice crystals refracting the light of the moon. The halo rings the moon when high, thin cirrus clouds made up of millions of these crystals cover the sky.

Pondicherry | A French corner in India

Pondicherry is affectionately known as Pondy, and has been officially known by the alternative name Puducherry since 2006. It is a blend of spiritual aura, French colonial heritage, Tamil culture, virgin beaches and the cosmopolitan flair of many nationalities in a small but varied city. Pondicherry was designed on the French grid pattern and features neat sectors and perpendicular streets.

Auroville | The City of Dawn

Auroville — an ashram named after Sri Aurobindo — is situated in Tamil Nadu just near to Pondicherry. Auroville also has its origins in the French language, “aurore” meaning dawn and “ville” meaning city. It was founded as a project of Sri Aurobindo Society on Wednesday 28 February 1968 by Mirra Alfassa, “The Mother”, a disciple of Sri Aurobindo.

Tarangampadi | The Land of singing waves

Tarangampadi (or Tranquebar) is a panchayat town in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu near the mouth of a distributary of the Kaveri River. Its name means “land of the singing waves”. This picturesque coastal town lies 15 km south of the ancient Chola port of Poompuhar, and 15 km north of the former French trading port of Karikal. From 1620 to 1845 it was a Danish settlement ruled by Governors, till the British took over its administration. Tarangampadi became Tranquebar for the Danes!