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By-lanes of Benghazi

The past year has been the most tumultuous in Benghazi history. From an obscure city on the Mediterranean it was pitchforked to the centre of world attention as the cradle of the Libyan revolution.Today as that effort comes to fruition … Continue reading

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Leptis Magna

(Third part of a three part series on trip to Tripoli and Leptis Magna in Nov 2011 just days after Libya’s liberation) About 130 kilometres east of Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast is the tiny town of Al Khoms .Al … Continue reading

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Tramping through Tripoli – II

(Second post in a three part series on visit to Tripoli and Leptis Magna in Nov 2011 a few days after liberation of Libya.) Day two of our Tripoli sojourn was spent entirely in walking about the city.We wanted to … Continue reading

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Tramping Through Tripoli

(A three part series on visit to Tripoli and Leptis Magna in Nov 2011 a few days after liberation of Libya.) Getting to Tripoli from Benghazi in the immediate aftermath of the liberation  was a onerous task.By road was out … Continue reading

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Daffodils !

‘I wander’d lonely as a cloud, that floats on high o’er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils …..’  ‘Daffodils‘ by William Wordsworth (1804) Wandering home  from my college among the … Continue reading

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Snow white in Garhyan

Earlier  this February on a cold lazy morning in Garhyan I peeped out of my flat window.Seeing white I rubbed my eyes but the image held true.Overnight Garhyan had been covered with a blanket of snow. Garhyan is a small … Continue reading

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Libya Hurra !

A moment comes,which comes but rarely in history,when we step out from the old to the new,when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation ,long suppressed,finds utterance. (Jawaharlal Nehru speaking on the eve of India’s independence on … Continue reading

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End game in Libya

The end was swift and sudden.The battle for the last town held by Gaddafi loyalists, Sirte had inexplicably dragged on for weeks.Everybody here in Benghazi, 500 kilometres away ,was puzzled by the fierce resistance being put up by a few … Continue reading

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Sands of Sahara

(Third post of my three part series on my journey back to war torn Libya in Sept 2011.) On the last leg of our journey to war torn Libya we boarded an old Mercedes bus in Alexandria for the thousand … Continue reading

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Alexandria

(Second in a three part series of my journey back to war torn Libya in Sept 2011.) Alexandria founded in 331 b.c by Alexander the Great is Egypt’s second largest city.We landed at the old Alexandria airport(since closed for renovation).After … Continue reading

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