Sailing into the Sunset at U Bien (Myanmar Musings7)

The tranquil Taungthaman Lake is in the old Burmese capital of Amarapura, about 10 Kms from Mandalay. It is small (just about 1000 acres) and would have remained unnoticed by the world— until a Mayor named U Bien commissioned a 1.2 Kilometre long wooden bridge across the lake around 1850-51, for the welfare of the…

Pillow Talk

I have a secret admission to make— my wife and I are incompatible in bed! Oh, wait! It’s not what you think. Let me tell you the story from the beginning. When we got married, the Boss-Lady was a permanent resident of Delhi and I, a not-so-permanent resident of a small southern town. Her Delhiite…

Cruising on the Irrawaddy (Myanmar Musings 6)

All river-cities have a special charm; Mandalay, the old capital of Burma, has an EXTRA special charm. The EXTRA comes from the exciting river journeys possible from Mandalay to the older capitals of Burma. The Burmese Kings had a penchant for building new capital-cities. Was it astrology, economics, or just the desire to leave a…

Footloose in KL -2: Star Attractions

THE USUAL SUSPECTS FIRST… This is a sequel to my previous post (Footloose in KL -1: Malaysian Grace ) on KL.  Our KL Tour Plan was simplicity itself. Meaning, we had no plan! We were footloose, and our methods were trial-and-error.  Yet, we stumbled upon some lovely sights. My local friend Vaseehar suggested that we…

MM5*: The Tamil keeper of Moghul Memories

Realistically, this post should have been titled “Two Ruined Royals” — but that would have surely put you off ! This is about the last Moghul who died in Myanmar and the last Burmese King who died in India — Two largely forgettable events remembered collectively in pathos! The Last Moghul He only wanted to…