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Day 38: Dharamsala and McLeodganj

Michael Palin - HimalayaI learn that he gets up at 3.30 every morning, but goes to bed around 8.30, and that he recently lost his temper, in a dream.

I ask him if he ever loses his temper in real life.

'Sometimes yes, but not remain long.'

For his relatively robust health he thanks his parents for giving him a good body and his general peace of mind.

'Sleep without sleeping pill, happy without tranquilizer.'

For a world leader he seems extraordinarily well-balanced, natural and unaffected.

His emotions are spontaneous, his judgements carefully pragmatic. He would justify the violence of a World War II or a Korean War on the grounds of just causes, but not Vietnam, nor I sense Iraq.

He feels that not enough was done to negotiate a peaceful solution with Iraq. He suggests that some council of wise men should perhaps have gone to Saddam Hussein. Those he admires and would have included, along with Muslim leaders, are Vaclav Havel, Bishop Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter.

He believes it is very important to enlist with everyone, high or low, on a personal level. To communicate the positive.
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  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 38: Dharamsala and McLeodganj
  • Country/sea: India
  • Place: McLeodganj
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