An Invitation

January 15, 2016 Madaba, Jordan It was a small hole-in-the-wall convenience store cum cafĂ© that I met him. Gazi and his cousin Odai work there making coffee and dishing out small cups of steaming corn that seems to be wildly popular among the locals. We had chatted when I was in Madaba before and they … More An Invitation

The Poetry of Petra

Jan 5, 2016 Petra, Jordan It seems no work of Man’s creative hand, by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal, silent, beautiful, alone! Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine, where erst Athena held her rites divine; Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane, that … More The Poetry of Petra

Deserted Glories

Eastern Jordan, Dec 31, 2016 To the east of Jordan valley all signs of greenery evaporate and all you see is stark unending desert. Some scrubby thorn bushes keep watch by the road and torn plastic bags pierced in the thorns wave like flags. The cracked ribbon of tarmac weaves through the desert haze and … More Deserted Glories