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Top 10 Tips About Writing

Power of Words

10 TOP TIPS ABOUT WRITING

  1. Write, write, write.
  2. Follow your gut.
  3. Finish writing the book at all costs, then shape it.
  4. Don’t show a work in progress to anyone.
  5. Don’t take bad reviews personally.
  6. Hone your skill.
  7. Use the simplest words and structure possible.
  8. Enjoy what you’re writing.
  9. Write what you know.
  10. Don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t encourage you.
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April 21, 2014 Posted by tahir in Travel

Top 10 Strangest Foods I've Eaten

Giant Tapir Leg, On the River of God, Peru

10 STRANGEST FOODS I’VE EATEN

1. A monkey’s arm, Peruvian Amazon.

2. A live murrel fish, Hyderabad.

3. A soup bowl filled with fried unidentified insects, Bangkok.

4. Baby camel cooked in its mother’s milk, the Jordanian desert.

5. Giant tapir, Madre de Dios jungle, Peru.

6. A peccary rodent, Peruvian Amazon.

7. Stewed scorpions, northern Cambodia.

8. Yak-meat momos, Tibet.

9. Bumblebee soup, Beijing.

10. Chocolate-covered ants, Hong Kong.

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April 14, 2014 Posted by tahir in Travel

Top 10 Absolute Favourite Books

The Mosquito Coast, Paul Theroux

10 ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE BOOKS

  1. THE SONGLINES, by Bruce Chatwin
  2. THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, Richard Burton’s translation
  3. IRON & SILK, by Mark Salzmann
  4. THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF RELIGION & ETHICS, edited by James Hastings
  5. WEST WITH THE NIGHT by Beryl Markham
  6. UTZ, by Bruce Chatwin
  7. ARABIAN SANDS, by Wilfred Thesiger
  8. MOSQUITO COAST, by Paul Theroux
  9. WORKERS by Sebastiao Salgado
  10. DANGER MY ALLY, by F. A. Mitchell-Hedges
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Top 10 Strangest People I Have Interviewed

Queen of the KKK, dolls in Pulaski, Tennessee

10 STRANGEST PEOPLE I HAVE INTERVIEWED

  1. A dwarf dealer in Cairo.
  2. A Kali godman in West Bengal.
  3. The last storyteller, Damascus.
  4. The snake handlers in Appalachia, Tennessee.
  5. Toureg healer in Jma al Fna, Marrakech.
  6. An Aissawa exorcist in Meknes.
  7. Linda Block, on Alabama’s Death Row.
  8. The official hangman of Calcutta.
  9. The grave robbers at Paracas, on the Peruvian coast.
  10. Rachel Pendergraft, leader of the Ku Klux Klan, Pulaski, Tennessee.