Sunday, April 22, 2007

Images - Castilla La Mancha

Dear reader

Recently, I was blessed with a sudden gush of some nice and exciting trips. In my next few posts, I will speak about these little trips.

Let me start with Castilla La Mancha.

Castilla La Mancha : We started from Valencia and travelled across Castilla La Mancha to reach Lisbon. Vast yellowish green flat fields of castilla la mancha are enough to excite a visitor. When we stopped for lunch at a petrol pump somewhere near Toledo, I took a walk on the field. I was thinking, this was the land of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.

These are the vast terrains that inspired Cervantes to create his masterpiece. Don Quixote is an example of the power of literature. How often it happens that a character from a literature, even after 400 years of its creation, claims to be one of the biggest identities, one of the main symbols of a region? Quixote appears everywhere in Castilla La Mancha; on roads, in toy shops, in book shops, in clothe-shops, in restaurants, on buses, inside toilets as well. Here is a small photograph of a Castillan field. Doesn’t it start ringing Spanish guitar in your ears?

On our return journey we took a small break at a village called Oropesa. It's a small village There was an old castle in the village. The village was established in the 13th century and there were texts indicating the same.

The walls of the village had some nice, typical pictures. I didn’t know what do these pictures mean. Nor I found anybody around who could explain it to me but it added to the character of the village. Then, from the got to click this photograph which defines a Spanish countryside to some extent. You can see a herd of sheep and a field of olive trees.

I wanted to write a longer article. Because being there was really a beautiful experience. But it seems, my poor vocabulary is failing me. Or, probably I am not matured enough to understand all the emotions, I lived there. Someday, when I will be wiser and older, I will re-write this post. But till then, you have these pictures only to be content with.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


I offer deep condolences to all the friends and families of Prof. G.Loganathan, Ms. Minal Panchal and all other innocent victims, who were shot dead in the unfortunate massacre at Virginia Tech University. May Almighty give immense strength, to bear this tragedy, to the near and dear ones of all the victims. May their souls rest in peace.