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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
All Himalaya'd up. by Godfather on 3 January 2005 12:29am
Somebody bought my mother Basil Pao's photo book of Himalaya for Christmas. It really is a stunning book. It shows the other side of the trip that did'nt make it's way into the series itself. The other face. I was particularly impressed with Basil's own honesty about how the trip affected him and others,such as when one of the crew was sick, he said it brought him back to memories of a dying relative. He writes about the trip in a very spiritual kind of way, and i'd like to hear more from him in words. There is one moment where he's in a plane looking out the window and just starts crying about it all. He makes a very good writer himself.

With some Christmas money, i saw Michael's Himalaya book for £10, so i snapped up that and read a section now and again. What was interesting in that,was the reference to the pastlife reading Michael got in Dharamsala. In the book it mentions that there were some bits that did'nt seem right at all. Such as saying his marriage had been disheartening (Michael writes "What will i tell Helen after 35 years?")..LOL. I think in the series they just showed the bits of the reading that seemed to fit things. But i could be wrong perhaps.

And i feel the Imran Khan piece may have been cut out, because it's a little close to the mark about his own countrymen. He's not entirely praising about their mindset in regard to politics, and that could potentially have caused trouble here in the UK. Just my guess.

"Blathering on?....Goooood.....Through the Chatter box, third section on the list, one post each...next!"

Re: All Himalaya'd up. by Diamond on 4 January 2005 1:37am
I too got the Basil photo book for xmas too but havent had time to really appreciate it - i was lucky to meet basil at a signing in london before the himalaya series was on tv and guess what

he hates having his photo taken!! would you believe it??!! but bless he did allow me to take a photo of him - his daughter sonis is now over 16 too!

Re: All Himalaya'd up. by Godfather on 4 January 2005 3:04am
I also dislike having my photo taken. I was laughing today,looking at photos from a trip in 2003. Because i travelled that year with a friend who is Chinese Indonesian. He's photo mad. He'll take 1000's. He became the photographer on our trip really. Consantly clicking away,when i cant be bothered with photos really. Plus he adores himself in photos. He's in so many of them. The total opposite to me. I think of him as my own little Basil Pao in a way. A sidekick. Yet, the roles are reversed in this case. The photographer unashamedly loves himself in his photos :)

Back to Basil's book. Yes, i found that further and further in he begins to speak about his experiences during the Himalaya trip. And at the end, it really is quite stiring stuff. He really opens up his heart and tell his feelings.

Btw, in his photo book look for the photo in the dark guesthouse in Tingri, Tibet. I'm convinced it's the same guesthouse i stayed in in 2002. The windows and room look exactly the same. A lovely warm little place when outside was bloody freezing. Yet,i cannot remember if the name of the guesthouse they give is the one i stayed at.

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