Meet Balram Halwal, the ´White Tiger´: servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells his story...Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coal and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape of breaking away from the banks Mother Ganga, into whose murky depths have seeped the remains of a hundred generations. His big chance comes when a rich village landlord hires him as a chauffeur for his son, daughter-in-law, and their two Pomeranian dogs. From behind the wheel of a Honda, Balram first sees Delhi. The city is a revelation. Amid the cockroaches and call-centres, the 36,000,004 gods, the slums, the shopping malls and the crippling traffic jams, Balram´s re-education begins. Caught between his instinct to be a loyal son and servant, and his desire to better himself, he learns of a new morality at the heart of a new India. As the other servants flick through the pages of Murder Weekly, Balram begins to see how the Tiger might escape his cage. For surely any successful man must spill a little blood on his way to the top? THE WHITE TIGER is a take of two Indias. Balram´s journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable.
´´Rockin´ the Himalayas´´: der schottische Berg-Punks Alex MacIntyre und seine Zeit Im Herbst 1982 löste sich hoch oben in der riesenhaften Südwand der Annapurna ein einzelner, faustgroßer Stein und traf den 28 Jahre jungen Schotten Alex MacIntyre. Die Bergsteigerwelt wurde um eines ihrer größten Talente beraubt. MacIntyre war ein ´´Enfant terrible´´ der Kletterszene und zugleich ihr Visionär: eine Art Punk, der - nonkonformistisch, selbstbewusst und frech - sich nicht um althergebrachte Regeln scherte und mit seinen Erstbegehungen in den Alpen, den Anden sowie an den Himalaya-Giganten bis dahin Unvorstellbares in die Tat umsetzte. Sein Tun war stilbildend und legendär. Sein tragischer Tod in jungen Jahren trug sicher zum Mythos McIntyre bei. Besser Tiger als Schaf ist die vom Alpinhistoriker und Himalaya-Spezialisten Jochen Hemmleb übersetzte deutsche Lizenzausgabe des mehrfach ausgezeichneten englischen Titels One Day as a Tiger. Alex McIntyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism (Vertebrate Publishing 2015), in dem John Porter seinen Seilpartner und Freund MacIntyre in seiner Zeit lebendig werden lässt: ein aus der Masse herausragendes, authentisches Bergbuch, das mit allen emotionalen Facetten - von urkomischen, mit typisch britischem Humor erzählten Szenen bis hin zu Ereignissen von erschütternder Tragik - packt und berührt. Tipps: Ein preisgekröntes Bergbuch mit herausragendem Presse-Echo Ausgezeichnet mit dem Großen Preis des Banff Mountain Book Festival 2015 sowie als Biographie des Jahres 2015 des Cross British Sports Book Award Pressestimmen zum englischen Original: This book, which is full of humour and anecdotes, is written with exceptional liveliness. It is among the great books of alpinism. Vertical Magazine One of the most intelligent, closely observed and engaging books ever written about mountaineering. David Pickford, Climb Magazine One Day As A Tiger is a brilliant read on so many different levels; a vivid and perceptive biography of one of the most talented and innovative climbers of his generation, but going much further to unveil a forgotten story which encompasses the breathtaking confidence of the anarchic and dynamic climbing culture that grew up during the cold war on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Chris Bonington I won´t beat about the bush: if there´s just one climbing biography you should read this year, this is it. Steve Long, The Professional Mountaineer magazine
´´My recipe is simple: tell people the necessity of finding something which can carry them through sickness, aging, and death, and don´t be afraid to give them a glimpse of your joy of life. Tell people that the mind is like space: open, clear and limitless, and talk about both the way and the goal.´´ In 1969 Ole and Hannah Nydahl became the first Western students of H.H. the Karmapa, the head of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. After years of practice in the Himalayas, he authorized them to teach and start centers in his name. An audience with the Queen of Denmark started their work in the West. A basement in historical Copenhagen became the first Tibetan Buddhist center on the European continent, and a rusted-through VW-bus with race-car qualities got them everywhere. Riding the Tiger is the inside story of the development of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. In his refreshingly unsentimental style, Lama Ole shows all aspects of the work. With breathtaking intensity, he highlights both healthy and unhealthy tendencies in the light of the Buddha´s ultimate aim: to bring about the fully developed beings whose every activity blesses the world. Amazon Review: Jason Anderson from Monterey, CA: ´´Lama Ole Nydahl is a unique figure in modern Buddhist history--first Western student of the Black Hat lama, H.H. the XVIth Gyalwa Karmapa, married lama ´without robes,´ and spiritual figure personally chosen by the Karmapa to teach and make foundations in his name--and Riding the Tiger is filled to overflowing with his particular energies and gifts. It is a galloping book that takes the reader around the world, inviting him in for a close-up look at the making of a Buddhist center for meditation and study, and Lama Ole has successfully started over one hundred such centers. And a deep look, as well, at the nature of Buddhism in the West, how it has been transplanted, how it has flourished. ... This is a magical book and a magical ride!´´
One Day as a Tiger:Alex MacIntyre and the birth of light and fast alpinism John Porter
Mother, Where´s My Country?:Looking for Light in the Darkness of Manipur Anubha Bhonsle
Am 30. März erscheint mit ´´Sometimes Just The Sky´´ das neue Album von Mary Chapin Carpenter über Lambent Light Records/Thirty Tigers. Mit der Veröffentlichung feiert Carpenter ihre mittlerweile 30 Jahre andauernde Karriere, die bemerkenswerte Platte enthält neue Versionen von Carpenters beliebtesten Songs sowie einen neu geschriebenen Song, der zum Titeltrack wurde. Produziert von Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne), wurde das 13 Tracks umfassende Album komplett live in Peter Gabriels Real World Studios außerhalb von Bath, England, aufgenommen. Zusammen mit seinem langjährigen Mitstreiter Duke Levine an der Gitarre und einer handverlesenen Band von Johns Lieblingsmusikern spielte Carpenter je einen Song aus jedem ihrer zwölf Studioalben neu ein (plus den bereits erwähnten Song ´´Sometimes Just The Sky´´). Zu dem Albumtitel und dem neuesten Song sagt Carpenter: Ich habe ein schönes Interview mit Patti Smith gelesen, in dem sie sagte, dass man nicht zu weit in die Ferne schauen muss, um, Dinge zu finden, die dich im Leben beruhigen oder glücklich machen. Manchmal bringt nur der Himmel alles in die richtige Perspektive.´´
´´Wonderful!? (Grace Paley). ´´Heartwarming and smart and wonderfully written? (Detroit Free Press). ´´Provides edifying advice, intimately given, like the best-selling Tuesdays with Morrie? (the Dallas Morning News). ´´Altogether original? (Dr. Laura Schlessinger). ´´This story will speak to the humanity of the reader? (Jewish Book World). The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness is that rare, magical book?a book that tells a good story but also shows us how the tales we learned when we were children shed light on our adult lives. Joel ben Izzy had the unusual opportunity to relive those lessons when he lost his voice and reconnected with his old teacher, Lenny, a retired storyteller. Through his meetings with Lenny, Joel rediscovers the wisdom of ancient tales and takes us on a journey into a world of beggars and kings, monks and tigers, lost horses and buried treasures?and in the end tells us the secret of happiness.
This book was written and illustrated by Charles R. Knight (1874-1953), the acknowledged master of animal drawing and the man who American Biographies agrees ´´was generally recognized as the most distinguished painter of animal life.´´ Those who have seen his murals, paintings, and bronzes of both prehistoric and modern animals in the New York Museum of Natural History or any one of a dozen other major zoological museums know why his work is so highly regarded. His animal portrayals are startlingly alive with beauty, virility, charm, power, and expression. He seems to have caught animals in the very act of feeding, stalking, resting, or in any one of the thousands of completely natural attitudes that animals assume. In this book, which is an extensive course in animal drawing, Knight offers an almost incredible wealth of practical instruction to commercial and fine artists, painters, sculptors, book illustrators, designers, decorators, and art students. He discusses animal musculature, bone structure, animal psychology, movements, habits, and habitats. He provides innumerable tips on animal proportions, the play of light and shadow, coloring, hair formation, feather arrangements of birds, scales of fish, how animals lie down, animal expressions, how a lioness bends back her ears when angry, and many others. Scores of animal categories are covered: great apes, tigers, lions, dogs, bears, cattle, horses, antelopes, sheep, goats, camels, swine, seals, rodents, young animals, exotic animals, crocodiles, snakes, fish, and birds. This work should help both practicing artists and art students achieve more natural and lifelike drawings. Especially valuable will be the many pointers on how to avoid stiffness and gracelessness in drawings of horses, deer, and other quick-footed animals; how to introduce the proper sense of bulk and power in sketches of such heavier animals as elephants and bears; and how to put into drawings of the cat family, from the household pet to the African lion, the superb lithe grace and wealth of subtle expression that we marvel at in the originals.
What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? What has Meg and Mog got to do with Polish embroidery? Why is death in picture books so often represented by being eaten? We´ve read Green Eggs and Ham, laughed at Mr Tickle and whetted our appetites with The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But what lies behind the picture books that make up our childhood? Fierce Bad Rabbits takes us on an eye-opening journey in a pea-green boat through the history of picture books. From Edward Lear through to Beatrix Potter and contemporary picture books like Stick Man, Clare Pollard shines a light on some of our best-loved childhood stories, their histories and what they really mean. Because the best picture books are far more complex than they seem - and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think. Sparkling with wit, magic and nostalgia, Fierce Bad Rabbits weaves in tales from Clare´s own childhood, and her re-readings as a parent, with fascinating facts and theories about the authors behind the books. Introducing you to new treasures while bringing your childhood favourites to vivid life, it will make you see even stories you´ve read a hundred times afresh.