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Himalaya by Michael Palin
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Jun 15, 08

Read in June, 2008

Michael Palin (of Monty Python fame) introduces the astoundingly diverse people and places along the greatest mountain range on earth, "Himalaya," in this book-companion to the BBC television production. Photos by Basil Pao lend color and form to the subjects Palin's witty and insightful narration.

Here are a few interesting facts I learned from "Himalaya":
* Himalaya is Sanskrit for "Abode of Snow."
* The Kalash in Northwest Pakistan are thought to be descendants of Alexander the Great's army.
* Indian Railways is the biggest employer on earth.
* Pagoda architecture originated in Nepal.
*Yunnan is the most ethnically diverse province in China and home to a matriarchical society.
* The head hunters of Nagaland are still stylin' even though they've found religion.
* Archery is Bhutan's national sport.
* Bangladesh has 5,000 miles of navigable waterways.
* Butter tea seems to be the drink of choice throughout the Himalaya.

I'm not sure how I feel about butter tea, but I'd surely recommend this book!
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