Known, Knowing; A Spectrum Of You & Other Inspirations

I’m in an ethnic lounge bar in Armenia as the Syrian refugee beside me, Niz, explains how he was at the shops when his home collapsed, killing his brother, just two months earlier. A barrel bomb, its origins still unknown, was the culprit. His voice is steady, his tone sadly acceptant of the tragedy, the … Continue reading Known, Knowing; A Spectrum Of You & Other Inspirations

The Chaos & The Beauty; The Cash Crisis, A Kidnapping Evasion and Other Indian Contradictions

It’s 4.a.m when the iron shutters lining a dark alleyway are pulled up. The taxi driver and his associate usher me inside and pull the shutter down behind me. Inside, a black money market is operating, a few shady men lit up by the dim glow of computer screens where green letters and numbers fly … Continue reading The Chaos & The Beauty; The Cash Crisis, A Kidnapping Evasion and Other Indian Contradictions

One For The Road

The blizzard descends as we climb into the mountains. Snow scythes sideways beneath the grey shrug of sky, cutting diagonal patterns of watery white across the windscreen. The Armenian marshrutka I’m sitting in slows behind a pile-up of cars. Ahead, a jack-knifed lorry blocks all three lanes of the motorway. The marshrutka driver tries to … Continue reading One For The Road