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William Dalrymple’s Nine Lives: in search of a narrative voice

I read William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns¬†last year and, although I was impressed with the wonderful insight it gave into life in such a vibrant country, I found his style self-centred and, perhaps because it is of its time, voyeuristic. Thus I was hesitant to read another one of his books, but found myself picking … Continue reading

Ub Lama

Galaa is a troublesome twelve-year-old boy who lives in a yurt in Mongolia’s largest yurt district in Ulaanbataar. His father has been dead for several years, and his mother earns money by selling cigarettes to passing tradesmen at Narantuul Market. He has a very sweet and earnest little brother, who he takes care of despite … Continue reading

Mysore Magic

Mysore, Karnataka, India, is the home of Ashtanga Yoga, and KPJAYI, the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois has had his shala since the early 1900s. One of the original teachers remains there and continues to teach, having done so for 92 years. Yoga is a cerebral, emotional, mental and … Continue reading

Yogis of Tibet

Tibet is one of the latest-discovered civilisations in the world. They have lived self-sufficiently for a thousand years. Currently best-known for their troubles with the Chinese, who, since Mao Zedong, have wanted to occupy them, the Tibetans are still struggling to assert their independent right to a sustainable culture without the influence of Chinese politics. … Continue reading