Look what I found at the beach yesterday.

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Sharjah, U.A.E.

I was taking a walk along the corniche, in the wee hours of the morning. This was during my visit there in the last winter break.

I like this mosque. Its visible from almost all parts of Sharjah corniche, and it looks specially beautiful at night, when the whole thing is reflected in the dark waters.

January 4, 2011

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Education City

There are some guys playing cricket in a large empty parking lot. I think this is Carnegie Mellon’s cricket team, playing a practice match.

Beyond the parking lot you can see the campus building of Weill Cornell Medical College. The large oval shaped structure in the middle is actually a conference room. Next to that, the sand coloured building, is Carnegie Mellon University’s campus.

November 2010

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Karachi, Pakistan

Flies feasting on rotting mango peels. The blue green metallic ones are called blowflies or bottle flies I think, and then there are some large house flies. I like this picture. Its such a colourful, clear close-up of these insects enjoying a sweet summer treat. 

This was near the beach. That accounts for the light coloured sand and small stones the peels are lying in. And this was the rainy monsoon season. Thats when these flies breed the most, I think. It actually started raining a little while after I took this photo. I’ve only seen these blue metallic flies in Pakistan. We used to find them quite intriguing when we were kids.

July 28, 2010

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Texas A&M University at Qatar

Education City

Doha, Qatar

This is a side view of the Texas A&M campus building. This is their turf, this is AggieLand. Somehow, the building seems just right for their major, which is Engineering. The inside can be a maze for anyone not familiar with its layout. The palm trees along this side give it a very welcoming look. 

November 20, 2010

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Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Education City

Doha, Qatar

This pillar rises from the atrium and goes the entire height of the building, which is three floors. This picture was taken form the second floor. I like the text embossed on it, it’s a quote in Arabic form the Amir, or King, of Qatar. The other side has a quote from Andrew Carnegie, the founder of the university, which reads My heart is in the work.

I like this building. The orange wall on the left curves into a huge semi-circle along one side. The roof consists of yellow beams with wide spaces in between, allowing a lot of sunlight.

Here’s an official translation of the quote:

What is needed is not simply to take one step forward, but to embark upon a comprehensive process that embraces modernity without trepidation and welcomes progress without fear.

- Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar

The date below his name is 1428 H., or 2007 A.D.

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November 20, 2010

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A via ferrata — literally meaning “road with irons” — is a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, ladders, bridges, etc. We followed such a route on an adventure trip in Oman, traversing across an almost vertical rock face.

The first person visible in the photograph is our guide, followed by fellow students from my university. 

Each of the red straps joining us to the cable can support the weight of a car.

The precipice we were walking along was almost cool, but the opposite one was scorching. You couldn’t put your hand on it for more than a few seconds.

There was a very deep ravine in the middle, with a silvery blue stream snaking along the bottom. We were asked not to throw even the smallest stones down the ravine, because it gains so much velocity along the way that it can kill a person at the bottom.

It was an awesome experience.

Oman

October 16, 2010

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Salamanca, Spain

I was taking a walk by myself on a Sunday afternoon, and I started heading south, with the intention of seeing a part of the city I hadn’t seen before. I came to an edge, with the land sloping gently downwards, and I could see this in the distance across an empty field. 

It is probably some kind of school. I love how the trees are lined at the front. At first I thought the kids were playing basketball, but at a closer look, realized it was football. This was Spain, after all.

The tower looks nice, very Spanish. The clock reads ten minutes past two. There are two bells hanging in the alcoves below the clock.

I looked this place up on Google maps. Right behind this building is a small river, that runs across the city. The apartment buildings in the background are on the other side of the river. You can see a construction crane far off  in the back.

The clouds in the sky look nice too.

May 8, 2011

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Salamanca, Spain

I was heading home late one night when I came upon this gentleman, sitting in an alley, playing a really nice tune on his violin. He seemed very pleased when I asked to take his photo. He even gave me his email address and asked me to send him the pictures. 

I had addressed him in Spanish, but then learned he also spoke English and German quite well.

I really like the black overcoat. There’s also an artificial flower stuck at the end of his violin. 

The Spanish phrase on the wall, Ten fé en tí, means “Have faith, in you”.

The brick wall, with light algae growing at the base, looks really nice. Most of the older, central part of the city is like that. 

The blocks on the street are slanting, because the alley was at a slight slope.

May 4, 2011

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This kid is reigning in the horse. Seems like he knows what he’s doing, and he just had a nice ride. 

There’s a nice villa in the background, half-way under construction. Timber and brick-work is visible on the top level. 

There are three men, standing beyond the villa, clad in shalwar khamis. All three seem to be looking at the kid. One of them is holding a wheelbarrow. 

Facts: The kid is my cousin. I rode that horse after him.

Karachi

July 28, 2010

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On the way to Hawk’s Bay beach. It was raining.

The other language is Urdu. One of the signboards actually says “Malik’s cold drink”.

Yes, that is the real logo of Pepsi in Pakistan.

The right-most shop has “Nestle - Pure Life” painted on it, and it’s selling Lay’s chips, chilli, cheese and salt flavours.

Those are beach balls hanging outside.

Karachi

July 28, 2010

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Hawk’s Bay, Karachi

You hardly see any hawks there. But camels, adorned like this one, are numerous. 

The weather that day was amazing. It kept raining on and off, which is the best thing that can happen if you’re in Karachi and it’s the summer. And needless to say, it doesn’t happen often. 

You can see kids playing cricket in the background. In Pakistan, you’ll find people playing cricket everywhere: in parks and playgrounds, in the streets and alleys, and on the beach. 

July 28, 2010

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