Ahlan, marhaba, welcome, velkommen, Bienvenue et al…these are all greetings in various languages to welcome a dear friend back to the sultanate, who came for just one evening with his delegation.
A ton and a quarter…yes, this is the 125th column by yours faithfully, published over the past 275 weeks or so even as one now completes 1,550 weeks in this gorgeous Paradise called Oman.
Three weeks into the New Year and there had been no visible signs of winter.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in her speech to the Guildhall on November 24, 1992 had said that it “is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure.
“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” so wrote Shelley in his Ode to the West Wind. And since I am a mere mortal, one cannot possibly even attempt to disagree with the Shelleys of this world.