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more great chats on the train

April 25, 2010

Travelling on the rails from Amritsar to New Delhi we got talking two delightful teenagers, Manjot and his older sister Simerjit Kaur. As we’ve noted elsewhere on the blog, and as always happens on Indian trains, after the initial exchange of “Where are you from?” & “Ricky Ponting is very good cricketer!”, we ended up chatting away for quite a while, which mercifully distracted us from the heat and alarming amount of dust flowing in through the windows. Topics included the reformation, the Sikh faith, Indian life in Melbourne and the frequent texts from Manjot’s friend, possibly of the girl type. It turns out Simerjit is a Punjabi folk singer and thanks to an email from young Manjot, I can share some recordings of hers with you. I think you will agree she’s pretty darn good!

Teri Yaad Channa

Meeno Sochan Deaan Dev – Choorian

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delhi p.s.

February 20, 2010

The good folks at Gandhi Smriti just got back to me with details of the music we heard at the museum, so I can now put a name to the voice: Kumar Gandharva. This sends a shiver down my spine.

totally unrelated to travel post

April 12, 2009

earth book

March 31, 2009

at least we are not alone with our phrase book frustrations

waking up in malaysia

March 6, 2009

Mornings in Malaysia generally begin with us stirring to the sounds of the call to prayer wafting/blasting in through the window. From dusty hamlets to turquoise beaches to KL it’s nearly always there. It reminds me of our first big trip together, lying in Sultanahmet in June 2002 the call came roaring into my ears at 5 in the morning. I’d never heard those ancient lines before, but from that moment on it’s always reminded me of good times on the road.

Anyhow, translated from Arabic it reads:

Allah is the greatest
I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah
I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah
Make haste towards worship
Make haste towards the true success
Prayer is better than sleep
Allah is the greatest
There is no deity except Allah

Each line is repeated 2 or 4 times. Note line 6: perhaps Muhammad had a sense of  humor…?