A busy fortnight it has been. A rushed visit to Delhi and to my hometown Patna from where, along with two friends from Muscat, we went onwards to a village called Hindolwa-Oman-Anubhooti.
The day before, on November 18, the country celebrated the 73rd birthday of His Majesty the Sultan, and along with the nation we also celebrated the National Day commemorating 43 glorious years of His Majesty’s reign.
Diwali Mubarak, Saal Mubarak, Happy New Year November 4, 2013 was the completing day of Dhul Hijjah 1434AH and yesterday was the first of Muharram 1435AH, the first day of the Hijri New Year.
Eid Mubarak while Muscat has just about returned to the normal work schedule after a longish break, I am here camping in Calcutta, or what is now referred to as Kolkata, where as Suhel Seth has so aptly put it “there are no pressures of work; there is almost an embedded faith accomplished in people’s demeanour, which many a time suggests that this is the pace we follow, and bad luck to you if you don’t like it.”
Nine months, one week and one day of 2013 have elapsed and we are now in what was once the omitted zone.