By Ruth A Drayer
By Ruth A Drayer
By Abdul Wahid Radhu,His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Born into an eminent service provider kin in Ladakh in 1918, Khwaja Abdul Wahid Radhu, frequently defined as ‘the final caravaneer of Tibet and important Asia’, led an strange lifetime of event, proposal and enlightenment. His kinfolk, and later he, had the ancestral honour of top the biannual caravan which carried the Ladakhi kings’ tribute and homage to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government. Tibetan Caravans, his memoir, is an exceptional narrative approximately trans-Himalayan trade—the riches, the politics and protocol, the demanding but very good typical panorama, altitude disorder, snow storms, bandits and raiders, clergymen and infantrymen. The booklet additionally includes infrequent and interesting information about the shut connections among Ladakh, Tibet and Kashmir, the centuries-old interaction among Buddhism and Islam within the sector, the chinese language profession of Tibet, and existence in Lhasa sooner than and after its takeover through China.
In this wealthy and insightful memoir, Abdul Wahid Radhu reminisces a couple of bygone period while borders have been fluid, and mutual recognize shaped the foundation for exchange relatives throughout cultures and other people. As his son, Siddiq Wahid, says in his introduction, Tibetan Caravans is a sworn statement to the natural relationships among ‘societies who've discovered tips on how to listen one another out, argue, even do conflict and but stay hospitable to every other.’
By Martti Vallila
By Walter Yates
By Pam Flowers,Ann Dixon
By P.J. Capelotti
Benjamin Leigh Smith found and named dozens of islands within the Arctic yet released no account of his pioneering explorations. He refused public accolades and despatched stand-ins to convey the result of his paintings to medical societies. but, the Royal Geographic Society's Sir Clements R. Markham observed him as a polar explorer of the 1st rank.
Traveling to the Arctic islands that Leigh Smith explored and crisscrossing England to discover unpublished journals, diaries, and images, archaeologist and author P. J. Capelotti information Leigh Smith's 5 significant Arctic expeditions and locations them in the context of the good polar explorations within the 19th century.
By Peter Parr
By Jean-Pierre Gos
« Paris (juin 1968 en ce qui me concerne, mais c'était encore pas mal), Rome, Heidelberg, Zagreb, Bruxelles et d'autres. Je suis enfin devenu un beatnik, j'ai tourné le dos à cette société pourrie, même si je consens exceptionnellement à dessiner, pour quelques journaux, des gnomes à gros nez qui disent des conneries, ça ne paie pas beaucoup, mais suffisamment pour, justement, tourner le dos et foutre le camp. Je dessine sur les trottoirs, je chante aux terrasses des bistrots avec ma guitare et mon harmonica, je voyage en auto-stop, je fume du haschisch, je suis heureux. Il y a un nouveau mot qui fait son apparition : hippy. Alors va pour hippy... » Paris, Belgique, Suisse, Amsterdam, Ibiza, Asie... S'il a peut-être raté Mai sixty eight, Jean-Pierre Gos charisma fait tout le reste : l'aller-retour Paris Kaboul, avec tous les virages et dérapages imaginables. Ode à l. a. liberté, appel au huge, son témoignage est un road-trip hallucinant et halluciné, l'aventure soixante-huitarde dans toute sa splendeur : le voyage aux carrefours des cultures, à l. a. rencontre des autres, de soi-même, au-delà de toute frontière. Sa virée air of secrecy duré deux ans. Deux ans d'expériences et de découvertes. Authentique et immersive à souhait, celle qu'il nous suggest aujourd'hui nous permet de le rattraper en path, « back ».
By Joseph Marasia,Erika Kaunisaho
Chapter 1: Kashmir
Sometime within the past due summer season of 1997 i discovered myself using at the rooftop of a bus in the course of the Indian Himalaya. Why was once I there? What was once I doing? My strategies floated within the air because the majestic mountain panorama glided by. It appeared as though it was once all a few surreal dream. I by no means imagined you could get so excessive spiritually or bodily for that subject. We have been someplace round 4000 meters (13000 toes) and climbing.
The constrained oxygen at this elevation has critical unusual results at the human mind. i used to be leaving Ladakh in the back of, leaving the enforcing and remoted peaks, leaving the serenity and silence of a calm land and heading right into a conflict sector. My vacation spot was once Srinagar, the capital of the ethnically stricken and divided zone of Kashmir. Why used to be I going to this far-flung destination?
Before embarking in this journey to India I felt overwhelmingly interested in Kashmir. I had heard the tales and skim the headlines: ‘Civil unrest worsens in Srinagar’, ‘Hand grenades thrown into bus stand in Pahalgam’, ‘Five Western backpackers abducted and beheaded whereas hiking within the mountains’. nonetheless, I had made up my brain: i used to be going. And not anyone may well cease me. I discovered at an early age to not think every little thing you learn within the media. so much of it's propaganda of 1 shape or another.
Since the partition of India in 1947 Kashmir has been an issue. less than British rule Kashmir functioned as a princely kingdom having fun with a lot larger autonomy than different areas of the empire. With the partition, the Brits determined to permit Kashmir pick out for themselves whether or not they desired to join India or Pakistan. The prince of Kashmir procrastinated in making his determination and Pakistan invaded claiming it as their very own territory. The prince appealed to the Indians for aid. The Indians got here and not left.
The area of Kashmir is a big valley that is shortly cut up. approximately third lower than Pakistani keep an eye on and 2/3 lower than Indian regulate. After wars among the 2 nations over the valley, issues calmed down and within the 80's Kashmir prospered and was once essentially the most well known vacationer locations for wealthy Indians and filthy rich Westerners boasting attractive lakes, lush mountain surroundings and comfort houseboat lodging left over by way of the Brits. unfortunately a lot of the merry cash vacation making got here to an abrupt halt in 1989 while this lengthy unhappy ongoing clash broke out.
An self reliant Kashmir used to be known as for. Armed gangs of younger males took over the streets of Srinagar. The Indian military misplaced keep watch over of the location. nearly all of Kashmiri everyone is Muslim who resent being ruled through Hindu Indians and as a result made up our minds to take in armed fight to accomplish entire independence or merger with Muslim Pakistan. there have been many warnings to dissuade tourists from going and plenty of purposes to be afraid. but, i couldn't be deterred. anything unexplainably robust used to be calling me to this distant land. was once I loopy? was once I possessed? i did not suppose to be both at the moment. I felt really sane. As we approached the 4700 meter (15400 toes) cross my anticipation grew after which all at once there it was once in entrance of me: The valley of Kashmir. It appeared as attractive and peaceable because the backyard of Eden. in just one minute the stark gray and brown barren mountains of Ladakh have been reworked right into a lush and fertile land blooming with life.
This version contains an essay concerning the author's travels and examine venture on environmental activists Earth First and humanitarian relief team foodstuff no longer Bombs within the Pacific Northwest of the USA and British Colombia, throughout the Nineties referred to as backyard browsing, Moose Chasing & Hitching my solution to the Truth.