After drought and misery in Bolivia, the 2 Ds and their tandem encounter jungle, rain, forests and glaciers, a true postal card life-siez: New Zealand; their trip there is paved with fabulous meetings with the Kiwi folk. And then, they land in Asia: what a shock ! Thailand, first, where they’ll both laugh and cry at their ignorance of the local language, and then Lao and its red moutains, before Vietnam, the ant-hill of the Asian peninsula, where locals and expats alike will introduce the French couple to their country. Travelling across Cambodia, the tandem reach Thailand again, where decision is made to try and ride across the Himalayas and Tibet before winter...
That year, I went back to the Island of Pico, in the Azores. I wanted to meet the writer, poet and whaler José Dias de Melo. But when I arrived, I heard he had been ill and sent to the hospital in another island of the archipelago. So I decided to wait...
A Grin Without a Cat is a 1977 French essay film by Chris Marker.
It focuses on global political turmoil in the 1960s and '70s, particularly the rise of the New Left in France and the development of socialist movements in Latin America. Using the image of Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat, the film's title evokes a dissonance between the promise of a global socialist revolution (the grin) with its actual nonexistence.
At the heart of Ganges Delta, hardly anyone ventures to the Silence Islands.
Yet, the forgotten people of the sundurbans archipelago still survive there. With limited ressources consisting of shrimps, rice and wild honey, they face malaria, tuberculosis, cyclones, wild beasts and indifference. Appalled by their distressing condition, one of them, Mohammed Abdul Wohab, gave everything up to take care of this cast-off community.
Once their army service is behind them, many Israelis flock overseas for a year or two. Out of 60 000 who travel each year, 30 000 go to India.
The trip is a way to forget traumatizing experiences lived or seen while in the army and to escape the current situation in Israel.
Jayanti Behn is the director of the Brahama Kumaris World Spiritual University London the international headquarters of a nongovernmental organisation in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and the UNICEF, Director of the BKWSU European activities, there is a network of centres in 18 countries.