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Jan 24,2006

R writes to ask when i find the time to dig out all these things. I suspect being unemployed has something to do with it? I also suspect that a lot of ageing gits like me are populating the blogosphere? And remember for the last three weeks or so I have not been up against it in Dhaka…indeed I have not been in a plane for almost three weeks now. This must be a record? Here is a list of books i have purchased to read over the next three months or so here in cambridge or on those singapore airline flights (at least two left). I will review many of them in the link on your right which reads “Stuff I am consuming.” What’s the point I hear you say? Dunno mate. But if you wish to discuss any of these - you will know where to find me.

  • Forget Kathmandu, An Elegy for Democracy by Manjushree Thapa
  • Al-Jazeera: How Arab TV news challenged the world by Hugh Miles
  • Hidden Agendas by John Pilger
  • Interesting Times in India, A short decade at St. Stephen’s College, by Daniel O’Connor
  • Bookless in Baghdad Shashi Tharoor
  • Island of Blood: Frontline Reports from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and other South Asian Flashpoints by Anita Pratap
  • From Independence Towards Freedom: Indian women since 1947 Edited by Bharati Ray and Aparna Basu
  • Guru Dutt: A life in Cinema by Nasreen Munni Kabir
  • Age of Fear: Power versus Principle in the War on Terror by Amitav Acharya
  • Karachi, A Terror Capital in the Making by Wilson John
  • Sharon and my Mother-in-Law, Ramallah Diaries by Suad Amiry
  • Why Muslims Rebel, Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World by Mohammed M. Hafez
  • Can Asians Think? Understanding the divide between East and West by Kishore Mahbubani
  • Power and Terror, Post-9/11 Talks and Interviews by Noam Chomsky
  • Greg Dyke, Inside Story by Greg Dyke
  • Bob Dylan, Chronicles Volume One
  • Letters from Robben Island, A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada’s prison correspondence 1964-1989

11th February

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Jan 17,2006

I got to my desk around 4.30am this morning. In front of my keyboard there is a pen in the shape of a syringe filled with what looks like blood and there is a Michael Sowa card of his painting “Spinne am Morgen.” It depicts a huge bulbous spider sitting on the wall above a bed with a couple sleeping blissfully. I am wondering…why the hell do i have such items on my desk? The answer is simple. My life has taken a totally surreal turn. I am no longer in control of anything and the absurdity of it all is quite something.

Anyway, there is a date ahead of us. 11th February for the repatriation of my parents back to the UK. If that doesn’t break this strange situation I am in, nothing will.