Thanks Kathryn Forbes 2009 for the picture prompt
The azure skies and the historical redolence of the capital city welcomed the Indian
student contingent with a ‘Marhaban’ while Cairo was reciprocated with a warm
I had brushed my history and geography of the ancient civilization. The behemoth statue
of Ramesses II in Cairo evoked awe and admiration. The guide assigned to us patiently
narrated the history of the Great Pharaoh. As a bunch of excited students, we clicked
selfies and photographs against the backdrop of the statue, eager to update the event on
Did the ancient Egyptians breathe the same air as I have inhaled today? Definitely the
atmosphere was cleaner when the Pharaohs ruled the land, I concluded. Are the celestial
beings a mute witness to the change in civilizations? If they could speak, I would lend
them a patient ear. Could the grandeur of their empire be compared with Vijayanagar
Dynasty? A thousand questions sprouted in my mind as I heard my name being called for a
group photo. I quicken the pace of my sprint to join my friends.
As I stood with a smile for the camera I felt hot under scrutiny.
The spirit chuckled, unknown and unseen to the world.
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