The other warriors of Xi’an

Over the last two decades everyone with any interest in travel has become aware of the terracotta army of Xi’an. It is estimated that about 6000 life-size figures were buried, and about 2000 are on display in various places. What I didn’t realize before going to see them is how difficult the process of unearthing… Continue reading The other warriors of Xi’an

High culture: the Shanghai museum

When we came out of the Shanghai Museum, we were happy that we didn’t skip it. The Shanghai that we had seen before was the modern China, the city of engineering marvels. This gave us a glimpse of the other China: the old civilization that developed across the Himalayas from us. The museum is located… Continue reading High culture: the Shanghai museum

A dead white man

Dead white men, dead white males, or dead white European males (DWEM) are the famous deceased European males that are often the focus of academic studies of history and Western culture. (Wikipedia) Nilgiri teas are the least aromatic of the Indian teas. On our trip to Valparai I kept coming across the various ways in… Continue reading A dead white man

A cat that catches the mouse

As part of my education on China I’m trying to read something other than history and travel books. There is a lot of modern literature, and there are movies. And there is also interesting journalism. Several years back I’d read a book Pallavi Aiyar about her time as China bureau chief for the Chennai newspaper… Continue reading A cat that catches the mouse