It’s often said that India is a land of contrasts, which I am happy to confirm and illustrate. India has some of the world’s richest people and many of the poorest. It has luxurious high-rise apartment buildings, surrounded by the huts and hovels in which[…]
India and the Middle East
I could write a substantial narrative about our first few days in Jordan: arriving in Amman, driving from Amman to Aqaba, taking a 4-wheel Jeep excursion into the Wadi Rum nature area, and visiting the amazing archeological treasures of Petra. Instead, I will let my[…]
The Arab Kingdom of Dubai is a mere three-hour flight from India, but it’s a different world. It feels something like Las Vegas, but without the casinos. The architecture is amazing, including the tallest building in the world (equal to two Empire State Buildings). There[…]
Ah, Mother India…the sensory overwhelm, the chaotic hustle and bustle, the stark contrasts, the warm people, the great food, the beautiful music…This is my twelfth trip to India, i.e. in this lifetime, according to the Hindu way of regarding lives. Some Hindus might speculate that[…]
Statistics say that Qatar is the richest country in the world measured by per capita income for its citizens (approx. 185,000). That does not apply to Qatar’s total population of approximately two million. Of that two million, 1.8 million are immigrant laborers. I’m not sure that we ever met an actual Qatari during our three days there.
News Coverage Abroad In Amman, Jordan, the Grand Hyatt’s television had four news stations grouped sequentially: CNN World, BBC, Fox News, & Al Jazeera English. It was very convenient to compare news coverage by jumping back and forth between the channels. Here are my observations:[…]