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Jane Wilson-Howarth

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As a child Jane dreamed of intrepid adventures and encounters with exotic wildlife but it wasn’t until she was 22 and with a zoology degree to her credit that she started travelling: she organised a six-month expedition to catalogue the creatures living in Himalayan caves. To cut a very long story short, this trip lead to a parasitology then medical qualification, a husband and many more exotic trips. She experienced leeches, malaria mosquitoes, ticks and scorpions first hand and, realising how good information contributes to enjoyable travel, wrote her first travel health guide, "Bugs Bites & Bowels", which will launch in a sixth edition in 2020 as "Staying Healthy on Your Travels". Her first book was a travel narrative, "Lemurs of the Los ...more

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Jane Wilson-Howarth Hi Nita,
I understand that both words that are commonly used to mean love in Nepali (maya and sneha) can have other meanings and connotations.

Sneha = …more
Hi Nita,
I understand that both words that are commonly used to mean love in Nepali (maya and sneha) can have other meanings and connotations.

Sneha = love, affection, oiliness; ritual ablution.
In Ayurveda, sneha is a method of preparing oil or ghee, lightly heating it with herbs and/or herbal extracts to make medicine. Perhaps this is why sneha is occasionally defined as meaning oily or wheedling.

Maya = love or infatuation; mesh of illusion; foolishness
In Hindu philosophy, Māyā means "illusion".
It seems to me that Nepalis well understand the complexities of love and that because it is a powerful emotion, it can stimulate people to act in less pleasant ways.

I was amused to read recently - here in Kathmandu - advice on the back of a truck that read: Don't Trust Girls.

I hope you enjoyed 'Snowfed Waters' that this quote is from - it is an easy feel-good read.(less)
Jane Wilson-Howarth Sorry to be slow to respond but I've been working away - in Nigeria.
Yes indeed Madagascar has a huge place in my heart - firstly from seeing Attenboro…more
Sorry to be slow to respond but I've been working away - in Nigeria.
Yes indeed Madagascar has a huge place in my heart - firstly from seeing Attenborough's Zoo Quest films and reading his "Zoo Quest to Madagascar" (which is still a great read if you can find a second hand copy). Dervla Murphy's "Muddling Through in Madagascar" in contrast was a disappointment and actually incited me to write "Lemurs of the Lost World" after I spent nearly a year on the Great Red Island. I really enjoyed Geraldine McCaughrean's "Plundering Paradise" which is a [mostly] beautifully researched children's story focussing on pirates, tho I was mildly surprised when she wrote about porcupines (they don't occur on Madagascar) and it was clear she wasn't interested in the amazing unique wildlife.
There's a rather odd Victorian novel by RM Ballantyne "The Fugitives or The Tyrant Queen" that you can download for free which is interesting and a good ripping yarn. Anything that Allison Jolly has written is authoritative and readable and Durrell's "The aye-aye and I" is also great stuff. I didn't take to Christina Dodwell's "Madagascar Travels". And if you are visiting, use the Bradt guide, not Lonely Planet as the latter author seemed not to like the place!(less)
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“a woman in late middle age is the most neutral figure of all, Stella discovered. She poses no sexual threat nor challenge. For young men, she is of so little interest as to be effectively invisible. For women younger than herself, she is a comforting reminder that they have not themselves got that far yet, thanks be. For those around her own age, she is a reassurance: we are not alone. Accordingly all three groups are reasonably well disposed, the defences are down, an overture will be accepted with equanimity and in some quarters enthusiasm.”
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“I love to escape to wild places – forests, mountains rivers or the sea. If that’s not possible, I flee into books; vicarious travel is rejuvenating”
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“The Chinese say that there is no scenery in your home town. They’re right. Being in another place heightens the senses, allows you to see more, enjoy more, take delight in small things; it makes life richer. You feel more alive, less cocooned.”
Jane Wilson-Howarth, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: A Journey of Love and Loss in the Himalayas

“The river is such a tranquil place, a place to sit and think of romance and the beauty of nature, to enjoy the elegance of swans and the chance of a glimpse of a kingfisher.”
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“The Chinese say that there is no scenery in your home town. They’re right. Being in another place heightens the senses, allows you to see more, enjoy more, take delight in small things; it makes life richer. You feel more alive, less cocooned.”
Jane Wilson-Howarth, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: A Journey of Love and Loss in the Himalayas

“All travel is, after all, a journey in time & in mind.... physical landscapes are a mirror of, or perhaps a key into, our inner landscape.”
John McCarthy, Between Extremes

“Summer died under the weight of fallen leaves and autumn filled up the ruts in the road with rainwater like blood filling fresh clawmarks.”
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“Consolation is about sharing loneliness and making it bearable.”
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“I was scared of one thing after another. I still am.
Naturally. How could it be otherwise? You can either be fearless or you can be free, you can’t be both.”
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