A day with MF Husain:
I interviewed MF Husain in Dubai for the Khaleej Times (KT) newspaper at a time he was studiously avoiding the media. When my full-page interview with Husain saheb appeared in KT (also as the page 1 anchor that day), it made a big splash. Husain saheb was around 94 then but his energy level was to be seen to be believed. He had liked the interview. Later, he even came to the KT office to meet me. Some of my friends in the visual media wanted me to do a series of interviews with him as they knew I could convince him for it. Alas, that couldn’t happen as I kept on dithering. But those fond memories remain.
An interview from the top of the world’s tallest structure:
It was quite an experience interviewing Nor Shaharom, the then Assistant Director at Emaar for Burj Khalifa project, at the top deck of the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai, in the year 2010. An open deck, this is located, as I was told, close to the last of the habitable zone on the tower.
My visit to Cyprus in April 2007 was a truly memorable one as I visited the length and breadth of the country including its villages and rural life. During the trip, I interviewed the then Foreign Minister of the country in his office in Nicosia. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful country. Some of the pics during that trip:
Attending a function in Doha, Qatar as the chief guest:
When I was invited as the chief guest by the Ideal Indian School (IIS) Doha for the release ceremony of their magazine “Idealite”, in April; 2019. The news was covered by Qatar’s leading newspaper, Gulf Times:
Presenting the OER Top 20 Award trophy to Mr. Behram Divecha, the then CEO of OHI, in Muscat, Oman, on June 1, 2006.
With Dr Andy Wood, the then Country Manager of Shell Oman, in Muscat in Sept.2005, while interviewing him for the Oman Economic Review (OER) magazine.
Interviewing Mahesh Bhatt in Dubai for the Khaleej Times newspaper.
With Shaikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Harthy, the then Minister of Transport and Communication of Oman, during an interview with him, in his office in Muscat.
South Korea Trip:
Part of a journalistic assignment, my trip to South Korea in March 2013 was truly memorable. From visiting the Seoul Motor Show 2013 and the Hyundai vehicle manufacturing facility to the Car Museum and the various picturesque and tourist spots of the country, it was an unforgettable sojourn.
Interviewing Mr. M.J. Akbar in Dubai for Khaleej Times.
Interviewing Mr. Anand Sharma [then a federal minister in the UPA government] in Dubai for the Khaleej Times newspaper.
With Mr. Engin Turker, then Turkey’s Ambassador to Oman, at the Turkish Embassy in Muscat, during an interview with him for the Oman Economic Review (OER) magazine, in the year 2006.
On May 30, 2010, a book titled Pacesetters that I had co-authored, was released in Dubai. A non-fiction book, it’s a journalistic account of some amazing journeys of expatriates. These are pictures from the book release event.
Chief Guest at annual school function in Muscat:
Pictures from the day when I was invited as the Chief Guest at the annual Dussehra function organised by Indian School Muscat (Gibroo branch).