Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Things!


Notice the new look? Well, it was long overdue. I was sick and tired of looking for templates and requesting people politely (and sometimes not so politely ) to design one for me. Then I took it upon myself, edited a stunning photo taken by Pranay (my brother), added some text, changed the blog colours and Voila! :D


Apart from that I decided to get a little more open with my readers and hence the side bar reading "Me" elsewhere viz twitter, FB, food blog, p4poetry page.I'm hoping the readers now begin to believe that I'm as human as them and actually read my blog ;)Also, you can now get my blog feeds on your RSS.


My blog is now a proud member of IndiBlogger. See the new badge it sports on the side panel :) This membership will not only help in publicizing my blog, it'll also pit me against fellow bloggers to finally culminate into India blog rankings! Let's see where I stand...


Lastly, I was bored of my profile picture on blogger so a new one is up. Funny how we get bored of our online faces, but rarely our offline one....or maybe it boils down to choice :)

Plus, my mini-profile is up. Screw the secrecy!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Gold Souk : All that glitters is GOLD

Souk in arabic means 'market'. Being an Indian i've been exposed to several forms of a market - malls, weekly bazaar, midnight markets, street shops, the quintessential bhaaji aka vegetable market, the smelly and noisy fish market, the crazy whosale markets of crawford and the like - but none compare to the 'souk' in Sharjaha, the GOLD SOUK!

My cousins live on Corniche' in Sharjah. The view from the balcony is stunning - especially the golden arches  across the water. That's the Souk for you; an architectural marvel and lovingly titled 'train building' for its close resemblance to the mode of transport of the masses!

 In the morning light the Souk building looks serene with the blue tiles adoring the curves of the other-wise creamy-colour structure. But when the sun sets, the structure lights up in a shade of yellow so fine, you'd mistake it for being gold-plated!

 We visited the Souk on a working day. It was nearly empty. We were in awe the structure, but our jaws literally dropped looking at the dazzle of gold, silver, platinum and precious gem jewelery!We window-shopped and then shopped some. I'd have enjoyed the shopping a little more had it not been for me, 4 years down the line! 


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