Tag Archives: Central Asia

Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Boat Cemetery in Central Asia

Ryszard Kapucinski in his book Imperium writes: Central Asia is deserts and more deserts, fields of brown weathered stones, the heat from the sun above, sandstorms. But the world of the Syr Darya and the Amu Darya is different. Arable … Continue reading

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Tribeca Film Festival: Between Heaven and Earth

Wrapping things up now … Another review: Between Heaven and Earth

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The Books: “The Lost Heart of Asia” (Colin Thubron)

Next on my history.travel bookshelf. Next book on the shelf is the second in the “Russian trilogy” – and it’s called The Lost Heart of Asia, by Colin Thubron. I love this book. Please read it. Thank you. It’s my … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Ends of the Earth : From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy ” (Robert Kaplan)

My history bookshelf. Onward. Next book on this shelf is called The Ends of the Earth: From Togo to Turkmenistan, from Iran to Cambodia, a Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy by Robert Kaplan. This might be my favorite of … Continue reading

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Lip Synching is Now Illegal in Turkmenistan

… Mr. Niayzov, sometimes I like to dance around my room and lip synch to Kelly Clarkson. Is that … illegal now? Say it ain’t so!! I know it’s not really funny, because … the people who live in Turkmenistan … Continue reading

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I know I have succeeded in my mission here …

… when an inordinate number of people get to my site by Googling “Kara Kum Desert”.

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Ulugh Beg Tutorial

I’m no expert, but Ulugh Beg came up here yesterday. Please dont’ ask how. Ulugh Beg was an astronomer and mathematician, grandson of warrior Tamerlane. Ulugh Beg lived in what is now Uzbekistan in the 15th century. Here’s what I … Continue reading

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Boston in Central Asia

There are 5 Red Sox fans living in Tashkent, Uzbekistan…

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Elegy for the Aral Sea

This is news? Anyone who knows anything about environmental disasters knows about the drying up of Aral Sea and has known for a long time. Quote from the article: “You may say that the Aral Sea has already disappeared,” said … Continue reading

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