As the author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat series, and a clear devotee of all things feline, people sometimes assume that I am a dog-hater.
Posted on: Sep 27, 2016
In my 20s and 30s I was very keen on goals. ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there,’ was a premise that made perfect sense to me. I read books and articles on goals. I faithfully documented and reviewed my goals. I was aware that goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound). I was also aware they should be ‘big and hairy’(i.e.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2016
Picture the following scene, dear reader. It is a busy morning at the Himalaya Book Café. With less than an hour before lunch service, I am sitting on my customary spot on magazine rack, nostrils flaring as I try to identify the delightful aromas wafting from the kitchen, where the Dragpa brothers are working their usual culinary magic. In my mind a question arises that has challenged all the Greatest Thinkers since the time of the Buddha himself: what is for lunch? I am ruminating on just this when a small dog appears at the front door. He is looking directly at me. Being a feline of considerable beauty and fame - the very reason, in fact, that many tourists beat a pathway to Dharamsala - I am quite used to being the focus of others’ attention. Though not often a dog’s.
Posted on: Sep 13, 2016