Saturday, January 16, 2010

the lure of the desert

Sometime early December, I made my way to Dubai for a wedding. The reason was festive, a wedding in the extended family, and the meeting of many known faces for the same reason. We loved the energy there, and it was a great way to end the year.

Two weeks later, the father of the bride drowned in a jet ski accident in Lake Malawi.

Life and death are cyclical. Of course, we know this. But the proximity of these events in dimensions of time, space and relativity make for a surreal mosaic: What a way to begin the year!

Time is a treadmill at high speed.
Another trip to Dubai this evening, feels like the spiral draws and engulfs, the wheel turns and the hamster runs it.

Not a wedding, this time, but festive all the same, considering the oasis in the desert born of stories beyond the 1001 Arabian Nights.

There's certainly something to be said about the lure of the Arabian sands and the passage of time.


Azra said...

Yep alluring indeed. I sometimes wish I was a bedouine (sp?), just trailing from place to place. Something to be said about simplicity - so enticing and scary at the same time :P

Americanising Desi said...

i live near he arabian sea, i wonder if it has a similar lure!

dreamlife said...

I'd love to spend sometime in the desert. Closer to home, I hear Namibia is nice for that...