Portrait Of A Limboo Lady

This is Phiprani, 61, a member of the Limboo tribe, who are a sub-clan of the Nepali people. Although of Nepali ancestry she lives with her family in her ancient family home in Sikkim, now part of India. Her piercings are typical of this tribe.

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A Rajput Gentleman – Introduction To The Golden Triangle

With Liz being short-listed for another writing competition this week we thought we’d start off our Rajasthan series with one of her latest entries, which we’ve also made available for the iPad and Kindle. Beautifully written, this pulls together a number of themes set in Jaipur, Jodpur and Agra (Taj Mahal), the classic traveller trail called The Golden Triangle. The central story, however, concentrates on a remarkable man we met whilst in Jaipur whose quest to empower women from the lowest castes affected us deeply. Setting the scene for the next few blog posts this is moving, brutal yet ultimately uplifting. It is, in my opinion, Liz’s best non-fiction writing to date.

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Stand, Sit Or Squat? A Bottomological Dilemma

For those fortunate not to have experienced a squatter toilet, you’re lucky: it’s a combination of yoga, swimming and ****ing through the eye of a needle. But what I don’t understand is how I am supposed to maintain a squatting position without getting cramp. And what is that bucket and jug combo for? I’m unsure. I do have a couple of theories though. Read on…

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Paul Greengrass eyes real-life stories of pirates and Formula One

Paul Greengrass eyes real-life stories of pirates and Formula One Bourne Ultimatum director could soon be on board to direct captain’s story Maersk Alabama and grand prix tale Rush Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass is eyeing a drama about Somali pirates and US Navy Seals for his next film, according to the Vulture blog. The project has Tom Hanks on … Read More

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Uganda threatens Somalia pull-out

Uganda threatens Somalia pull-out Uganda’s leader says he will pull out peacekeepers fighting militants in Somalia unless its politicians agree to extend the government’s mandate.

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Somali pirate: ‘We’re not murderers… we just attack ships’

Somali pirate: ‘We’re not murderers… we just attack ships’ Jay Bahadur, the author of Deadly Waters: Inside the Hidden World of Somalia’s Pirates, meets Abdullahi Abshir – a man who claims to have hijacked more than 25 ships in the Gulf of Aden It had taken five days to arrange this meeting. Somali pirates are hard to track down, constantly … Read More

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