Mahesh has been in Oman for almost 25 years. He worked with the State Bank of India group, Banque Indo Suez, BankMuscat and Merrill Lynch before starting Trinity Investments. Why Trinity? Apparently because of the three women in his life... his wife and two daughters! You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s date is synonymous with grief, misfortune, pain, dread, fear and what have you. A year ago, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, as the orange sun set over the horizon there arose from the depths of darkness, the one with the brightest plumage, “crying havoc” and unceremoniously bidding adieu to sanity in general. To quote Marilynne Robinson, he “stepped right out of the fusion of news and entertainment, out of the gothic fantasy world of sinister foreigners and imminent catastrophe” and with due apologies to the Bard, “let slip the frogs of war.”
“The Eagle has landed”…
With due apologies to Keats, this is not going to be an Ode to a Nightingale; instead it will be an ode to one who did not spend his nights in gale or in rain, yet created a storm in his silk pyjamas, smoking jacket and a captain’s hat surrounded by a bevy of the best. So without much ado:
Recovered from all the celebrations of the longish weekend? Wishing all of you a Very Happy New Year – the Islamic New Year also known as the Hijri New Year was celebrated here on the September 22nd, and marked the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year, the day on which the year count is incremented.
Beware the Ides of September, which unlike that of March does not fall on the 15th of this month but is actually today…the 13th day of September! Two years ago the Ides of September was not on an alternate Wednesday, yet it did get written about in TT-138. And from 138 to 186 has been some journey indeed…while some 48 columns were written in two years, the mind-set of people appears to have regressed by some 480 years or so.