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
From the creator of the best-selling Griffin & Sabine series comes a Valentine´s Day book that´s (literally) full of heart. This quirky gift book takes six heart-themed expressions and brings them to life through engaging pop-ups. From Brave Hearted (a heart that looks like a tiger) to Light Hearted (a heart with lightbulbs surrounding it), My Foolish Heart is sure to delight, with its inimitable take on familiar idioms. Small and compact, with Bantock´s signature art style, this playful book is unexpected and dynamic.
When you´re a former Marine tiger shifter, love comes with a high cost - is it too much to pay? Mitchell Brayden is a former Marine who became a tiger shifter while serving overseas. He is looking for love in all the wrong places. When he decides to rescue a young ocelot shifter from a rich, spoiled playboy, he embroils himself in a conflict that goes back generations. Guadalupe Salazar grew up as a pampered pet of a benevolent patron. After his patron´s untimely death, he stays on with the patron´s son - a self-centered, weak man who got ensnared by the drugs and fast living in the States. One night, it goes too far and Lupe is beaten nearly to death. He is taken to a secret shifter clinic where he meets an unlikely knight in tarnished armor. Together, Mitch and Lupe confront the playboy and his friends - but will their actions draw the rest of the jaguar familias, not to mention the ocelot clans, into a battle over Lupe´s future? Will the delicate balance of power destroy everything that Mitch´s small band of tiger shifters has built in Chicago? Warning: Contains explicit, male/male sexual situations intended for mature readers: This story depicts light bondage BDSM male/male sexual scenes. This is a standalone novel with no cliffhangers and a HEA ending. In this shifter universe, there is no M-preg or Alpha/Omega dynamics- just men loving men.
More than 100 hilarious and ridiculous things that you should never, ever do in real life. We all know that we should never fight a tiger or become a mafia boss, but that doesn´t mean it isn´t funny and fascinating to learn about. Forbidden Knowledge offers a collection of the most ridiculous things that you should never attempt in real life—but will make you laugh none the less. You´ll learn everything from how to take over a cult to swimming with piranhas to how to build an atomic bomb or escape from prison. Forbidden Knowledge invites you to embrace the absurd with pranks that are sure to make you laugh. With over 100 extremely bad ideas that you should never do, this entertaining and light-hearted book makes each hilarious scenario so much fun to imagine.
´´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.