The other day The Hindu published a photograph of the blooming Neelakurinji flowers on the Nilgiri Hills. The very name of the hills suggests something to do with a blue hue. The blooming Neelakurinji flowers have a light blue hue and they bloom giving the hills that distinct bluish colour.
Around thirty years ago, on a visit to the Peoples' Republic of China I used to watch Chinese films on a small black and white TV set having nothing to do in the evenings. True, I did not understand a word of what was said and yet, for understanding emotions one does not need to know the language.
A visit to Bombay suddenly appeared on the horizon in the summer of 1955. While I was not yet 19 and had cleared BA Part I and my only sister, after getting a First Division in her MA Geography - a rarity in those days in the field of Humanities - was in a mood to relax.
These medieval marauding brutes of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant need to be stopped on their tracks. Working through a Caliphate, these brutes are spreading death and depredation in areas under their control, which they now simply call the Islamic State (IS), after removing the names Iraq and Levant from its earlier avatar.