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The City of the Dead

Although I’m still in India, I’m listing a link here of an article I wrote about Cairo’s amazing cemetery in which zillions of people live…


http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100814/TRAVEL/708139911/1087/LIFE


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August 7, 2010 Posted by tahir in Travel

With the Dalai Lama


Spent the last few days in Dharamsala, northern India. And was lucky enough to have a 45 minute meeting with the Dalai Lama yesterday. We spoke about Tibet, Afghanistan and life. I can’t ever remember encountering such a gentle and sincere man.

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August 1, 2010 Posted by tahir in Travel

Raining cats, rats and dogs


In Mumbai…


Where I can’t remember the monsoon fiercer than it was yesterday. Torrents of water cascading down from the graphite sky… waterfalls ripping through the streets, pedestrians wading, pyedogs huddled miserably in doorways, traffic even more gridlock than ever.

How wonderful though to be back in this mesmerising city, one that I have watch change through twists and turns over two decades and more. The place is booming, although every layer of humanity can be found on each street corner. India defies description and sings to the imagination in ways that most countries could only hope to do.

This morning flying up to Delhi with Rachana and the kids… and planning to visit the Taj Mahal. In all the dozens of times I’ve visited India, I’ve never been there. In a strange way it all seemed too easy.

Overwhelmed with a childlike excitement.

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