Monthly Archives: July 2011

Rajasthan beauty


The post I recently wrote about Mumbai reminded me of my trip to Rajasthan a few years ago. I’ve always loved India and its people, its diversity of landscapes, languages, food and cultures. But I especially love Rajasthan. Rajasthan is the largest state of India and lies it the North-West of the continent, bordered by Pakistan. A large proportion of it is arid and the Great Thar desert occupies the Western side of the state. Rajasthan architecture is of particular interest. The palaces of Jaipur (the state’s capital), the lake of Udaipur, and the desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer rank among the most beautiful in the world and attract Indian as well as foreign tourists. Muslims make up around 10% of Rajasthan’s population and their influence can be seen in the architecture, the music and the way of life. My favourite place, Jaisalmer, close to Pakistan, often reminds tourists of an arabic city. Lots of colours, great food, blue skies, interesting wildlife and varied landscapes make Rajasthan a great place to visit. Staying in one of the old forts or castles transformed into hotels is one of the highlights of a trip there. And the Taj Mahal at Agra is not very far, so you shouldn’t miss this amazing landmark either.

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Bombay shots


I spent four days in Bombay (renamed Mumbai) last week on my way back from South Africa to Hong Kong. I had been there once before, almost ten years ago. The city remains an Indian city, with its noisy streets (Drivers can’t help tooting every two seconds or so), its strong smells, whether pleasant or not (Toilets can be smelled at a distance), its constant crowds, and its shocking poverty. However I noticed many new and expensive-looking apartment blocks and office towers, and a high number of beautiful, brand-new cars. There is even a very impressive, one year old, 5.7 kilometer long, eight lane bridge built over the Arabian sea circumventing the city and making the trip to the airport shorter. But what makes India hasn’t changed: its people, their smiles, their beauty and their warm welcome. India is always a rewarding experience. By the way, did I mention the food? Worth the trip by itself… Here are a few random shots.

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Now You See Me, by S. J. Bolton


What a great crime novel! S. J. Bolton’s Now You See Me will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Guaranteed. Her characters are real and interesting and the plot flows. It’s never boring, and the “yuk” factor is there when needed, although not straight in your face as in other novels. I found the story riveting, and of course, I missed the whole point until the very end! I just didn’t see it coming, which I love in a good story. Bolton writes well, and I’m looking forward to more of her novels. In fact, I liked this one so much that I have already bought another one of hers: Sacrifice. I’ll let you if it’s as good as the other one. As for Now You See Me, the plot goes something like this: While investigating rape issues in London suburbs, detective Lacey Flint finds herself with a dying woman in her arms. The woman is only the first of a series of gruesome murders that seem to copy the famous serial murderer Jack the Ripper. For some reason, the murderer seems to have a keen interest in Flint, which arouses the police’s suspicion (and the reader’s, of course). The truth is much worse – and much more surprising – than what you’d expect.

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In a Better World (Hævnen)


In a Better World (Hævnen in Danish) has won many awards, including the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. It’s easy to see why. The acting is superb, the story subtle and moving, and the relationships between the characters beautifully drawn. It avoids all the usual cliches and exaggerated characterisation that you find is so many films these days. The film is the story of two school friends in a small Danish town, and of their families. Elias is bullied at school; his parents are in the process of separating, and his father spends a large amount of time working as a doctor in a Sudanese refugee camp where he is confronted to his own issues. Christian is Elias’ mate; he has just lost his mother and blames his father for her passing. As a consequence of his mother’s loss, he has become aggressive and dangerous, with a steely attitude. He will drag Elias into doing things they may regret for the rest of their lives.

In a better World was directed by Susanne Bier and released in 2010. It features Mikael PersbrandtTrine Dyrholm and Markus Rygaard.

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No Strings Attached


The last two movies I have reviewed were great. No Strings Attached is not. It’s got two really good actors in it, Natalie Portman, and Ashton Kutcher, but that’s not enough to make it interesting. It’s in the comedy/romance genre and the plot goes something like this: Two old friends decide to become “sex buddies” and avoid the usual relationship dramas. But love is stronger than their their wills, and they find themselves falling in love, thereby breaking the rules they set up as they embarked on their “sex buddy” relationship. Right, flimsy plot. In fact, it’s boring. And the character played by Portman, a doctor who is scared as hell of relationships is not only simplistic, it’s dumb. The film was released in 2011 and was directed by Ivan Reitman.

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Kruger cats


Kruger National Park in the North of South Africa is a great place to spot “cats”. In a matter of a few hours we were able to see several lions, cheetahs, a leopard, and jackals. The odd ones here (because they are not cats but dogs) are wild dogs (lycaon) and hyenas.

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South African safari


I came back last week from a five-day safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa. I was literally blown away. It was winter and the perfect time to see animals; at that time grass is yellow and burned, so it is harder for the game to hide. And the moderate temperatures make it very comfortable. Kruger National Park itself is around two million hectares (as big as Israel). Add the private reserves and you end up with a huge area in which animals roam freely. There are roads and paths throughout the park and you can drive your own vehicle if you wish or hire a guide. Of course you are not allowed to leave the vehicle (You would not survive long), neither are you allowed to leave the designated paths (not that you would really want to…). It is quite amazing how many animals you can actually see from the road, as they come very close, sometimes onto the road itself. Hiring a guide facilitates the spotting of game as their vehicles are higher and more open, so it makes for a more interesting experience. We saw the big five (which means the five more dangerous animals for hunters: buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros), but also giraffes, impalas, waterbucks, hippos, jackals, zebras, steenboks, wildebeests, without mentioning other gazelles, birds, and crocs of course. As for the private reserve game drives, there are two major differences which make them worthwhile: the four-wheel drive, all terrain vehicle you sit in is totally open and it goes off-road, literally… This means that you get up-close to the animals. And I mean real close: three of four metres at the most! There is a driver and a tracker, armed with a gun (not that I think it would make a huge difference if you were charged by an elephant or a herd of buffalos). The combination of private reserve game drives and Kruger exploration is really the best. I’ll try to limit the number of pictures I’m going to post here, but I know it’s going to be hard, so I’ll write a separate post for Kruger cats.

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“Leo Spencer的翅膀” (The Wings of leo Spencer) – Jerome Parisse的第一部小说…



Leo Spencer的翅膀
是我的第一部小说。这是发表在2010年5月SidHarta在澳大利亚。

这里有一个关于小说的简介。

您是如何从一个可怕的命运保护您的家人和你最好的朋友,如果你死了,你能对物质世界没有印象?

十四岁的Leo找到了他妈妈的生日最令人惊讶的存在。不幸的是,有人已经决定,他不会活着看到它… …当他死了,Leo发现自己面临着一个可怕的选择,一个会影响他的生活 – 他的死亡 – 永远。

但是,谁想要他死了吗?为什么他是有针对性的邪恶力量?即使Geraldine -死,爱它 – 没有以发生了什么线索。

Leo座的对真理的探索带他到最惊人的地方,并提出了挑战,甚至比死亡更他:保护从一个可怕的命运他的家人和他最好的朋友。

您可以在www.amazon.com购买或直接在我的网站www.jeromeparisse.com小说.

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“身体交换” (BODY SWAP)



我的最新年轻成人小说出版了。这就是”身体交换” (BODY SWAP)。它作为电子书和平装书格式。

这里有一个关于简介的故事:

世界上第一个文字信息与对方浪漫的冒险!

William 是十三岁,最近转移到与他的父母叫Fulton一个小镇。他的姐姐Estelle一年前死于意外,他的母亲深深的悲痛中。在他的新故乡,William会见Pat,一个男孩谁爱大词和公司需要。忽然,William收到来自名为Stephanie寻求帮助一个未知的发送者的手机短信。两个男孩起初一惊,然后半信半疑,当在短信小雨Stephanie告诉他们她在附近医院昏迷。她说,她是在她的身体漂浮,需要他们的帮助进入回来。

最初怀疑的,William和Pat成为兴趣,并决定是否Stephanie说的是实话。他们设法追踪到重症监护室,在那里果然,他们发现在医院昏迷Stephanie并获得录取。在他们一筹莫展有关如何做Stephanie年底要求两个朋友在一个叫Doris呼吁女性心灵,帮助他们进入她的身体Stephanie回来。出现一个灾难性的混淆,然而,William最终被困在Stephanie的身体和关闭自己的了。

在Stephanie的身体里,William的经历困难,有时甚至幽默的情况。他学习的事情女孩一起生活,从不受欢迎的方法,以胸衣和高跟鞋。形势变得更加绝望Pat时与萧蔷爱上!

William和Pat拟订陷入各自的机构和Stephanie回William的计划,但时间是至关重要的,时间已经不多了。孩子们面临的挑战和满足真棒意想不到的敌人,同时发现在背后Estelle的死亡秘密。

网站:http://www.jeromeparisse.com/bodyswap.htm

购买平装本形式在Amazon或上AmazonSmashwords它电子书

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Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey


Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey, was nominated for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. It is loosely based on Alexis de Tocqueville‘s journey in America. Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who in the early 1800’s wrote what was considered an influential and insightful portrait of the then young America. The book relates the American travels of Olivier de Garmont and of his English servant named Parrot. Olivier is a French aristocrat whose grandparents were guillotined during the French Revolution and whose mother sends him to America to protect his life from what she thinks is a dangerous situations for aristocrats in France. Parrot is an orphan who was taken from England to Australia and later to France by a mysterious marquis. The unlikely pair travel to America, supposedly to study prisons to provide useful information to the French Government. They will discover a new country and will record their findings, analysing the young American democracy and comparing it to the old French regime. Luckily for the book, Parrot also takes his lover and her mother with him on their journey. These two characters were my favourite in the novel, and without them, it would have been a little tedious. The story is interesting but it failed to grab me, in spite of Carey’s beautiful characterisation and picturesque account of what the new world looks like. The story is told from both Olivier’s and Parrot’s points of view, both unreliable accounts of what’s really happening. Carey uses its story to analyse and criticise cultures and political regimes. The French and the American take a good beating, whereas the English and the Australian fare better. Well written, exciting and funny at times, it failed to sustain my interest at other times. I found the beginning a little too slow, as well. It is however definitely worth the read.

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