Delhi to Manhattan

 

Having spent some time traveling from
Delhi to Manhattan some interesting things popped up:

The first part of the trip was spent
traveling for 8 days with THE MISSING PEACE project.

The group included JOHN SALLEY and
GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA and our search for HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA.

An extraordinary adventure – thank
you so much to everyone involved for such an enriching experience –
particularly Darlene Markovich and Rebekah Alperin.

First stop the Tibetan hunger strikers
attempting to draw attention to CHINA’S OPPRESSION of Tibetan
people, customs and culture.

However the movements of that journey
will be seen in the forthcoming documentary THE MISSING PEACE.

So that will have to wait.

What we have here, in no particular
order or relevance, are some of the things that popped up during
those first 8 days, followed by other things that popped up en route
to New York via LADAKH, MUMBAI, and England.

 

So:

Musical recommendations – festivals
around the world:

Gnawa World music festival in Essaouira
– this appears to be part of something more than just musical.

LAMARDEMUSICAS, SPAIN

For the music and the journey – FESTIVAL AU DESERT

A taste of Columbian – TOTO LA
MOMPOSINA

And Argentinian – anything
SANTOALALLA, CAFÉ DE LOS MAESTROS to MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

From New York punk to HHDL, the man
taking the photographs – VERN EVANS

And his headphones:

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOOS NEST

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA

VIETNAMESE ROADIES

Anything RY COODER and his musical
collaborations from ‘round the world.

From TALKING TIMBUKTU to MAMBO SINUENDO

And whilst visiting the OLD GREY
WHISTLE TEST
, who can resist THE JAM

And those Old Abingdonians covering a SMITHS classic…

 

Asking questions:

ZEITGEIST the movie…..

CARLOS CASTENEDA, DON JUAN….

JAMES BURKE

And how difficult is it to be quiet ? –
VIPASSANA

HENRY MILLER’S quote regarding the
great source that is.

 

Overheard in Bombay:

Religion is based on belief not
knowledge.

People are less offended if you
question their knowledge – because it’s knowledge.

But if you question their BELIEF –
challenge their belief system – then they take offense.

And often time wish to eradicate you!

Is it not all the same thing? – a
belief in something greater, whatever the energy IS that creates a
flower or you – it just IS – whatever name you wish to call it.

Because of whatever part of the world
you’re from.

And whatever Symbolism you wish to use
to pass on the notion:

CHRISTIAN METAPHORS

BUDDHISM – THE WHEEL OF LIFE

ISLAM EXPLAINED

SIKHISM

HINDUISM

And for more ways of acknowledging a
faith in something greater – WORLD RELIGIONS:

The BBC Radio 4 show BEYOND BELIEF
always has something interesting on the topic.

BUDDHIST symbolism is beautifully
expressed in THANGKA PAINTINGS.

DHARAMSALA – The home of the TIBETAN
GOVERNMENT IN EXILE
.

And displaced Tibetan children: TIBETAN CHILDREN’S VILLAGE.

The life of a monk at the NAMGYAL
MONASTERY IN INDIA
.

THE CHINA DAILY’S VIEW on HHDL and
his leadership.

THE GOLDEN TEMPLE – AMRITSAR
‘Ambrosial pools of nectar’.

 

To the SILK ROAD IN LADAKH:

In search of a SNOW LEOPARD so
amazingly captured by the PLANET EARTH team.

(Go to the behind the scenes section
for Scottish cameraman’s thoughts on waiting for the elusive cat.)

It’s a humbling experience being in
the HIMALAYAS.

Strange to think our activities have
had such an effect on one of the grandest, most illustrious places on
earth.

Those effects are there to see: LADAKH
GLACIAL MELT
and RECORD TEMPERATURES.

 

With regard to energy requirements vs
environmental fallout here’s an interesting article from the New
York Times looking at TATA’s approach to expanding energy
requirements
:

Is
all of this bad? If you’re one of many climate
scientists foreseeing calamity,
yes. If you’re a village kid in rural India looking for a light to
read by, no.

For
thoughts on how ‘Big Business’ is tackling the prospect of
climate change read the rest of this article from The Guardian:

As
the world’s population climbs from 6.8 billion today to nine billion
by mid-century, energy demand will rise by around 50 per cent, much
of it from rapidly emerging powers such as China, India, Brazil,
Mexico and South Africa. Rising sea levels, changing rainfall
patterns, competitive demands for scarce resources with a growing
global population and rising temperatures will all require investment
to manage the risks. Our obligation to countries unable to manage
these impacts will create further demands.

So
with increasing numbers requiring more and more energy it seems the
order of the day is to reduce energy requirements.

And
for us to realize very SIMPLE ways to do that.

For
example:

Between five and ten percent of energy in developed countries is used at night – electrical equipment on standby…..

Needlessly
leaving all those red and yellow lights on at night….

With
regard to exchanging ideas on everyday energy reduction please go to
the new SPITBALL page.

Looking
for one liner signatures for emails – along the lines of:

THINK
ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT BEFORE PRINTING THIS EMAIL.

I
wonder how much energy has been saved by that one line floating
around in the ether….

Please,
all suggestions welcome.

Spitball!

 

With the oil price rising the race is
on in the renewable energy sector:

Though it is widely acknowledged using
land to grow biofuels product is CONTRIBUTING TO INCREASING FOOD
PRICES
, Mr Branson and Boeing are LOOKING INTO OTHER BIOMASS
POSSIBILITIES
– Pond scum!

Mr Obama finds himself embroiled in the
biofuels debate whilst tackling VOTES VS THE ENVIRONMENT….

His overall views on US ENERGY
REQUIREMENTS
– as they presently stand…

The debate goes on: Wind power to
drive GREEN REVOLUTION.

Of course in the eyes of certain
parties it’s a good thing the ARCTIC IS MELTING because it makes it
easier to drill for the ‘undiscovered’ reserves…

The ARCTIC HAS 90 BILLION BARRELS OF
OIL

Excellent – we’re good for another 6
months!

And in the meantime another ICE SHELF
DROPS OFF
.

And first hand views from the PEOPLE OF
GREENLAND
.

As the ubiquitous TATA company of India
pops up again.

Interesting thoughts from the New York
Times regarding the RELEASE OF THE WORLDS CHEAPEST CAR….

Having spent 4 weeks looking at plumes
of black smoke coming out of the back of TATA trucks, and oil runoff
sliding down the streets one can only wonder if the true objective of
the TATA conglomerate is to make as much money as possible without
giving a jot about the ecological, sociological and environmental
consequences to India and its people.

However:

Taken
from the TATA Code of conduct

Clause: 8

Health,
safety and environment


A
Tata company shall strive to provide a safe, healthy, clean and
ergonomic working environment for its people. It shall prevent the
wasteful use of natural resources and be committed to improving the
environment, particularly with regard to the emission of greenhouse
gases, and shall endeavour to offset the effect of climate change in
all spheres of its activities.

A
Tata company, in the process of production and sale of its products
and services, shall strive for economic, social and environmental
sustainability

Ready when you are…

One has to understand TATA is
everywhere in India, from transport trucks to electrical goods.

If this company really did stand by
Clause 8 it could make a HUGE difference instead of just becoming
intent upon being part of the great Indian economic push…

Time for BILL MCDONOUGH to step in:

The NEXT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.

Something else doesn’t seem quite
right: IN FERTILE INDIA.

And after PRESIDENT BUSH BLAMES INDIA
FOR THE RISING FOOD PRICES
all is forgiven with a NUCLEAR HANDSHAKE

 

Of course there are plenty of good
things happening in India too.

Usually courtesy of AAMIR KHAN… His
directorial debut: TAARE ZAMEEN PAR.

And congratulations to IMRAN KHAN for
JAANE TU YA JAANE NA.

And for fine films and fine cheese –
MANZOOR KHAN.

 

Moving on:

Ever considered how CHINA produces its
goods so cheaply?

THE CHINA PRICE: This
book exposes a system of unregistered factories that cut corners on
safety and working conditions to meet multinational companies’
demands for ever-lower prices.

Enjoy the Olympics.

Taking place in this: LINGERING
POLLUTION

And as Nick Cohen in The Observer says:
DON’T BE FOOLED. CHINA HASN’T CHANGED

 

Plastic
population:

The
UN Environment Programme estimates that there are 46,000 pieces of
plastic litter floating in every square mile of ocean on Earth.

As a reaction to this Christine Jeavens
is attempting A MONTH WITHOUT PLASTIC

Good luck!

And returning to a link from Big Universe, Little Planet, Lots of People
– The ocean life that STARVES AFTER EATING PLASTIC – not eating,
thinking it is ‘full’

Horrible amounts of plastic litter the
mountains of Ladakh.

You’d think that people who traveled
to be in such beautiful places would want to keep it so…

Thank you to people like Jigment and
Gilson of WILD EAST ADVENTURES.

Their voluntary clean ups of the
mountain treks of Ladakh help keep the place clean after some
tourists choose to trash the place before returning home.

Thank you for the guidance gentlemen.

And thank you Jamyang and Saira at
MIDDLEPATH Travels.

 

And finally:

Congratulations to Dave Gorman on his
attempt to travel across America using only mom & pop –
UNCHAINED.

Who can resist RICHARD BURTON narrating
the 1963 bbc recording of UNDER MILK WOOD?

Or CAULIFLOWER CHEESE – The great
British staple.

And KELLY LAPLANTE’S ECO LIVING

Congratulations to the new England
cricket captain – the one and only KP OFF TO A WINNING START.

Thank you for everything Mr Vaughn.

And who can forget the DISAPPEARING ART OF THE MIX TAPE.

And last but by no means least – Henry
KEEPING IT UP AT THE GRAND OLD AGE OF 111.

So thank you to everyone who raised a
topic or two, and please as ever feel free to contribute anything
uplifting or illuminating to the SHARE YOUR RESOURCES page.

If you would like to see the pictures
taken on this trip please visit the photos page: DELHI TO MANHATTAN

And any suggestions for SPITBALL??

 

Thank you!

 

Between five and ten percent of energy in developed countries is used at night – electrical equipment on standby…

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