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Rabies and Vampires

On our walk to Longtown for some food and drink, Artur exclaimed ‘Look!!!’ When I looked in that direction I think I saw a tail of a dog-like animal. Did … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Anne Fadiman

Dear Anne, It’s your birthday, many happy returns of the day! I wish I could tell you what massive favour you have done to me by writing ‘At Large and … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hi, this is a very stupid question/request. Would you please share that ‘very good looking’ picture of Artur that you couldn’t believe would be his?

Lol – okay, I hope Artur doesn’t mind! Here it is – the reason we (my friends and I) didn’t think it is genuine is because he looks so much … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hello Artur!

The excitement of seeing your trust make magic is monumental, hence it was very tough to hide my excitement of meeting Artur and getting acquainted with his kind and gentle … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Fauld and Artur

No doubt I had a good feeling about Artur, his text messages are friendly and he has been helpful in many ways. What I am most curious about is the … Continue reading

November 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Yes, Carlisle

After a long, emotional hug with Julia on Liverpool station’s platform no:3, I proceeded to platform no:1 as that’s where my train to Carlisle would be. This is a HUGE … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Carlisle?

When I knew I was going to England for 12 days, I didn’t have much agenda – no places I absolutely had to see or no must-visit cities. I only … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hi Mubin, how many Iron Men are there on the beach in Crosby?

Great question! Sorry I didn’t mention it in my story that there are a 100 Iron Men on Crosby Beach. 100 men placed at quite a distance from each other … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bye Bye Juli!

After three super nice days Julia is going back to Vienna. We decided to spend an hour at Costa in the Liverpool Railway Station. We are greedy girls when it … Continue reading

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An evening in Liverpool @Imagine Cafe with Julia and Denis

So we came back to Denis’ house – washed the Crosby sand off our feet and were ready to set an agenda for the evening. While writing to Denis from … Continue reading

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Liverpool by Day

Juli and I spent a day in Liverpool. Why I chose to go to Liverpool I don’t remember very well. Maybe because Denis wrote to me or because Julia wanted … Continue reading

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The oh-so-lovely Oxford

And that first evening in Oxford is when my experience with couchsurfing began. I have been on couchsurfing for many months now and met some very cool travellers. I always … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

A very unreal like real experience

I met Julia in London on the morning of 16th. Faking being a local, I showed her the area around the Intercontinental where I had walked a lot over the … Continue reading

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Mood: The start of the book made me happy. Graham was still a young man, a freshly published writer who was excited about the reception of his work and its … Continue reading

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Brooklyn

Mood: Warmth and loneliness, sibling love and the loss of the head of the family, silly parties and the smell of fresh bread and cheese in a dream-like boulangerie, on … Continue reading

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Windy Willows

Mood: I am in the woods with a proud frog, a warm mole, a funny rat, the rivers, the grass, the jungle and its beauty and loveliness for company. I … Continue reading

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Scott of the Antarctic

Mood: Fascinated with the life of a sailor as a young boy with a lovely mother, many siblings and a slightly negligent father. With property and fame but all that … Continue reading

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L’etranger

Mood: Of course Albert Camus is a highly praised author but this is the first time I was reading him. The story starts with very strong imagery of the protagonist … Continue reading

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Thalatta Thalatta!

I am longing for the sea. I am neither a sailor nor a merchant adventurer nor blessed enough to be a fisherwoman. But I am longing to hear the sound … Continue reading

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La Contera

Coffee shops have always been much more to me than mere places for coffee, tea and snacks. A coffee shop is a place I escape to when sad, place I … Continue reading

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Vivre Rire Aimer

A great deal of fictional characters have had a great deal of influence on me. The kind of fiction I read, the genre of ‘realism,’ is full of stories drawn … Continue reading

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I very well remember the afternoon when I came across the book ‘The Road.’ The last time I read something with the same title, left me disappointed. I had a … Continue reading

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My Friend

Do you remember that beautiful, serene evening when after a tiring day, we headed to the beach just before sunset- you and I? Do you remember how the sea with … Continue reading

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And now about something else :)

The first pint is always special. I don’t really like beer though I tried for those who like it seem to share great bonds with it almost like family. Such … Continue reading

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“The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.” Charles Lamb

I do notice that I spent a lot of time in London visiting people long dead and gone for at least a 100 years. It is perhaps because these are … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

A Mind That Can Fall in Love with Anything

If by some design I had a mind that can fall in love with anything,  I would love waking up every morning, love my image in the mirror, love the … Continue reading

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And Fruitfulness Is Drawn In

  This isnt an original idea but one that I loved and second. I read somewhere that when one cares deeply enough about someone or something new, one throws a kind … Continue reading

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Deafening Silence

An oxymoron that gives me chills. Silence they say is golden, but did they tell us that it is true only when your mind is calm and peaceful enough to … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Visiting Captain Scott in London

  I had never heard of Captain Robert Falcon Scott until I picked up his biography by David Crane sometime in 2010. I hate this shrinkage of slow, poisonous disappearance of bookshops – these … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lemon Cake Tradition

While you are here, reading my travel blog I thought I might as well let you know about my personal lemon cake tradition. My first real holiday was to McLeodganj … Continue reading

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Catharine the Coolest

I met Catharine in Hyderabad through Couchsurfing, so she isn’t a stranger I was meeting in London for the first time. I almost know Catharine as a friend, we met … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sharing Springsteen Love

“Still reading through your blog. I heard that Springsteen and McCartney jammed and that the officials unplugged them because of park curfew!!! Where you there for that? Wow, what a … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Stables at Camden

This is the farthest cultural shock could get in London. I believe in destiny, yes I do. So I don’t think that meeting this annoying Pakistani who lives in London … Continue reading

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On Meeting a Woman from India?

“A thing of beauty is joy forever.” When I first read that line, I was 12 years old and was amazed at its beauty. It was a beautiful thing to … Continue reading

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Meanwhile in Uganda

My first post on this blog details where I meant to be and where I landed – I was to be in Uganda with Baby Michael and Marie but destiny … Continue reading

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Beefeater

Ever since I watched them on Travel and Living, I have been fascinated with Beefeaters – imagine being paid to tell stories to people everyday! Dichie D or as he … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Something like pick-up lines (now this doesn’t happen in India you know)

1. “Will you share your brolly with me?” – a man in a suit on Shepherd Street. Me: Sorry? Suit Man: Will you share your umbrella with me? 2. “I’d take you … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Quotable Quotes – London and Oxford.

“Bruce Springsteen is playing, he better be your only favourite” – Immigration Officer at Heathrow airport when asked which is my favourite band at the HRC Calling 2012 and I … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Things I Learnt on a Bus Tour

The bus tour – Original Tours, started at Trafalgar Square. Apparently, it wasn’t an all London tour, just a few main areas around. Oscar Wilde – One of my most … Continue reading

November 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

First morning newspaper in London

    It’s a big deal for me, a once journalist. I was excited about opening the fresh newspaper – on the 13th of July, over my first English breakfast at … Continue reading

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First walk, first talk and first hot chocolate in London

You know you feel really lucky when everything goes smoothly like a cakewalk upon reaching a foreign land. I felt extremely lucky – the immigration officer at the Heathrow was … Continue reading

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An Email in Response to a Post Here

As I write this blog I don’t think so much about the readers for I always thought I had none but here’s Stan who wrote to me within hours of … Continue reading

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Talk about signs!

Look what I got in mail just two days ago! My very good friend and fellow polar exploration literature buff has no idea I am going to London, to the … Continue reading

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That’s Loud!

3 days and over 60 bands – Maybe I just know two or three of them. Not counting Bruce, I have heard and loved Lady Antebellum and Kids in Glasshouses … Continue reading

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My host in Liverpool is super talented: Beatles as Buddhas and Buddhas as Beatles.

While in Liverpool I will be staying at Denis’ place. Denis who is an artist sent me this story from his blog – “Mubin, check out this drawing from my galleries, … Continue reading

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Gifts for Strangers

I love gifts – giving mostly. It’s such joy to present someone with a little something that is exciting. I don’t know who I will meet on my travels and … Continue reading

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Protected: Before I Die…

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Dear Imagine Café,

It’s amazing how you are a person and a place. You are the beautiful mind of a beautiful human being I know, that sheltered and fed both my friend and … Continue reading

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Friendly Stranger

I was hesitant to write to you for I was afraid and I truly cannot explain why and of what. I did not have any great expectations from the website, that explains why … Continue reading

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Dear Tranquebar

Dear Tranquebar, You are so beautiful, right from the T to the R. Beauty inhabits every bit of you, it surrounds you and fills the air above. Ours is a … Continue reading

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