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Forum: Chai and Chat Yesterday, 02:08
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Some thoughts: Travel is ultimately a pretty...

Some thoughts:

Travel is ultimately a pretty shallow experience, I'm increasingly skeptical of people claiming those "life-changing" experiences based on a few months backpacking somewhere.

As...
Forum: Chai and Chat Feb 3rd, 2016, 19:38
Replies: 19
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Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Going to Hi Chi Minh for two weeks to see family...

Going to Hi Chi Minh for two weeks to see family in the middle of March, then on to Koh Chang / Mak / Kut for three weeks. Have a 3-day stopover in Dubai on the way over. Nothing else planned for the...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Jan 27th, 2016, 03:52
Replies: 239
Views: 88,832
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Ah yes, in a sea of monotony these three stood...

Ah yes, in a sea of monotony these three stood out. Although while I'm here I might as well put a word in for two recent histories of the modern Indian Ocean as well - Sugata Bose's A Hundred...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Jan 27th, 2016, 01:30
Replies: 239
Views: 88,832
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Three newish books on the Indo-Islamic world of...

Three newish books on the Indo-Islamic world of the late 19th/early 20th centuries:

Nile Green: Bombay Islam: The Religious Economy of the West Indian Ocean, 1840-1915...
Forum: Chai and Chat Jan 26th, 2016, 01:53
Replies: 210
Views: 9,073
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Don't have time to reply in full, but: ...

Don't have time to reply in full, but:



When I wrote "large-scale sympathy and activism amongst Indian Muslims on behalf of the Ottoman caliphate", I was not specifically referring to the...
Forum: IndiaMike Meetups Jan 25th, 2016, 22:06
Replies: 1,672
Views: 160,677
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
I don't how people feel about mid-week meetups,...

I don't how people feel about mid-week meetups, but I can be in London any Tuesday or Wednesday evening from next week until the middle of March if you guys are up for it?
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Sep 30th, 2015, 01:38
Replies: 3,360
Views: 257,472
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
I watched the first three episodes and thought it...

I watched the first three episodes and thought it was interesting, but didn't get back to it. Let me know what you think at the end!
Forum: Chai and Chat Sep 29th, 2015, 00:28
Replies: 3,300
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Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Thanks guys, it's one of the few times in life...

Thanks guys, it's one of the few times in life when all the usual cliches well and truly apply. And she's already sporting a more impressive head of hair than me.
Forum: Chai and Chat Sep 28th, 2015, 18:15
Replies: 368
Views: 47,335
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
A snippet from Fred Halliday's Arabia Without...

A snippet from Fred Halliday's Arabia Without Sultans:

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Forum: Chai and Chat Sep 26th, 2015, 02:11
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Posted By Shiver me Timbers
My daughter was born early on Tuesday morning,...

My daughter was born early on Tuesday morning, been walking around in a happy daze since then.
Forum: Worldwide Travel Photologues Sep 20th, 2015, 19:25
Replies: 329
Views: 40,847
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
The Indiamike UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo Thread

Another site that features in this thread, the Old City of Sana'a in Yemen, has been receiving a pummeling at the hands of the Saudi-led GCC coalition.
Forum: Chai and Chat Sep 16th, 2015, 01:10
Replies: 368
Views: 47,335
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
The attempt was allegedly bungled by none other...

The attempt was allegedly bungled by none other than Saddam Hussein, who is rumoured to have had to swim across the Tigris to escape, ultimately ending up in exile in Nasser's Cairo until Qasim's own...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Sep 7th, 2015, 21:25
Replies: 457
Views: 102,577
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Yeah, and the whole 'East meets West' theme is...

Yeah, and the whole 'East meets West' theme is always a winner at the box office.
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Sep 7th, 2015, 21:01
Replies: 457
Views: 102,577
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Lots of talk of a forthcoming movie at the moment.

Lots of talk of a forthcoming movie at the moment.
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Sep 7th, 2015, 16:44
Replies: 457
Views: 102,577
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Yeah I had a look at Sue Perkins in Kolkata, but...

Yeah I had a look at Sue Perkins in Kolkata, but I find her unwatchable - one of the most irritating people on TV.
Forum: Chai and Chat Sep 7th, 2015, 01:07
Replies: 455
Views: 33,398
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
She is the spitting image of this woman talking...

She is the spitting image of this woman talking to Michael Palin on the train to Simla:

https://youtu.be/Nw3qLhopPzY?t=17m50s
Forum: Worldwide Travel Photologues Sep 5th, 2015, 04:37
Replies: 329
Views: 40,847
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Photo tour of the now destroyed Temple of Bel: ...

Photo tour of the now destroyed Temple of Bel:

Temple of Bel, Palmyra, No More (https://www.flickr.com/photos/martin_kramer/galleries/72157658091931461/)
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Sep 3rd, 2015, 05:31
Replies: 3,360
Views: 257,472
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Finally saw Straight Outta Compton. My only...

Finally saw Straight Outta Compton.

My only problem with it is what most of the reviews have mentioned - it sidesteps the whole misogyny issue completely. And in a way it's just Cube and...
Forum: Worldwide Travel Photologues Aug 24th, 2015, 21:04
Replies: 329
Views: 40,847
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
The Indiamike UNESCO World Heritage Site Photo Thread

The Islamic State has commenced with the destruction of Palmyra, having beheaded the guardian of its antiquities last week, apparently for his refusal to reveal the hiding places of some of the...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 19th, 2015, 00:15
Replies: 112
Views: 6,178
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Belongs in this thread surely - Films that evoke...

Belongs in this thread surely - Films that evoke a sense of travel (http://www.indiamike.com/india/books-music-and-movies-f4/films-that-evoke-a-sense-of-travel-t54402/2/)
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 18th, 2015, 09:19
Replies: 210
Views: 9,073
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
BBC's Shashi Tharoor viewpoint

Don't know much about the topic either, but my theory is that what we now consider to constitute 'corruption' was in various ways the commonly accepted way of doing business/getting by in society...
Forum: Books, Music, and Movies Aug 14th, 2015, 00:46
Replies: 3,885
Views: 326,339
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Who's reading what,when & the experience

Just starting Umberto Eco 'The Name of the Rose' today, have heard great things.
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 11th, 2015, 18:07
Replies: 368
Views: 47,335
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
A century ago Indian troops occupied the Persian...

A century ago Indian troops occupied the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr (spelled by the British as 'Bushire'). It's mostly in the news these days due to the near-by nuclear facility. The portrait is...
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 21:06
Replies: 210
Views: 9,073
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
Bholebaba, I'll quote the post you took issue...

Bholebaba, I'll quote the post you took issue with just to clarify, it's #77 in this thread:
Forum: Chai and Chat Aug 6th, 2015, 20:45
Replies: 210
Views: 9,073
Posted By Shiver me Timbers
I'm pretty sure I wrote 'some' or 'many' Indians...

I'm pretty sure I wrote 'some' or 'many' Indians Muslims - I remember making a point of it in my head. I have also, in this very thread, written that Indian Muslims were and are divided along...
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