Tim Mackintosh-Smith Martin Yeoman
- Title: Hall of a Thousand Columns
- Author: Tim Mackintosh-Smith Martin Yeoman
- ISBN: 9780719565878
- Page: 195
- Format: Paperback
Born in 1304, Ibn Battutah left his native Tangier as a young scholar of law over the 30 years that followed he visited most of the known world between Morocco and China In this enchanting travelogue, Tim Mackintosh Smith retraces one leg of the Moroccan s journey the dizzy ladders and terrifying snakes of his Indian career as a judge and hermit, courtier and prisoner,Born in 1304, Ibn Battutah left his native Tangier as a young scholar of law over the 30 years that followed he visited most of the known world between Morocco and China In this enchanting travelogue, Tim Mackintosh Smith retraces one leg of the Moroccan s journey the dizzy ladders and terrifying snakes of his Indian career as a judge and hermit, courtier and prisoner, ambassador and castaway From the plains of Hindustan to the plateaus of the Deccan and the lost ports of Malabar, an India far off the beaten path of Taj and Raj glittering and grotesque but genuine is revealed here.
Recent Comments "Hall of a Thousand Columns"
Author certainly has a way with words - puns that might be come off as "over the top" from others work brilliantly here! Terrific overview of current, and historical India, but, I'd recommend reading Tangerine first (if possible) for context.
Making history was a favourite pastime of Indian rulers, but writing it was never even a hobby. As the Hindu rulers fell one by one against the invading Islamic might, things changed. Muslim nobles and courtiers produced journals and panegyrics of their patrons. This was a period in which travelers through the land recorded their observations. Ibn Battutah (1304 – 69) was a noted Moroccan religious scholar and world traveler, who visited India during the reign of Muhammed Shah Tughluq and stay [...]
Following on from his Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah, this second installment deals with Ibn Battutah's travels in India.The first third of the book takes place in Delhi, there Battutah spent 7 years as a Judge, and was then made an Ambassador to China, so he sets off again on a journey. Through Uttar Pradesh, then Madhya Pradesh, before doubling back to Gujarat. The author follows this route, then when Battutah sailed via Goa to Kerala, from where they depa [...]
It's taken me forever to get round to reading this follow-up travelogue from Tim Mackintosh-Smith, the author of the marvellous Travels With A Tangerine, but I'm so glad I did. The author has a beautiful way with language, as well as a dry sense of humour and a knack of observing the little details that bring a rich, vibrant quality to his tales. I found this book harder going than his travels round Arabia and the Levant; I rather suspect this was the case both for the author and for Ibn Battuta [...]
Ibn Batutah, the famous fourteenth century traveller, left an extensive travelogue of his travels. However, by his own account, he was writing out of memory, since his notes of his travels were lost on his return journey as were all the treasures and memorabilia he had collected over the 3o years of his travels. The author of this book, retraces, IB's journey, or rather parts of it (and not always in the same direction!).Unlike kings and emperors who left many monuments, inscriptions etc of thei [...]
Another book which took a long time to read: in this case, it was not a chore but a pleasure. Tim Mackintosh-Smith travels through India, searching for fragments, signs and stories in modern times which echo those seen and recorded four hundred years ago by Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah. IB spent many years in India, some of the time as a legal advisor to a mad Sultan, other times as an exile and – at the end – trying to travel to China on the Sultan’s behalf. Drifting lazily through thi [...]
I wanted to like this book a lot better than I did. Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah is absolutely phenomenal and one of my all-time favorites. And this installment has a lot of the same charms—as ever, Mackintosh-Smith is quick to relate a hilarious story, to make an obscure-but-pleasing reference. Much to my delight, he never hesitates to make the shift, in his own words, from chic to s***. But for some reason it didn't have the same drive and energy I fou [...]
Now the “Hall of a Thousand Turds”! The palace of the book’s title has become an al fresco lavatory (or was in the early 1990s when it was written). Mackintosh Smith continues his journey in the footsteps of the 14th century traveller Ibn Battutah. Here he is in India in an often Quixotic search for fragments (usually architectural and cultural) relating to Ibn Battutah’s passing. It’s also very much a travelogue about modern India. A learned book without being difficult or stuffy and [...]
I live in Egypt, but picked this book up because of a recent trip to India. I was quickly hooked on both Ibn Battutah and Tim MacIntosh Smith. Every Egyptian I have mentioned this to knows of Ibn Battutah, regardless of their economic or educational level. Delving into another culture is endless, even when you live in it. Highly recommended.
Interesting book, but I found the author's contempt for Hinduism disturbing. However, as Mackintosh himself writes, "the Indian shelves of my own library are meagre". Maybe his perspective isn't that surprising given his background and country of residence, Yemen. A slightly less biased approach might have benefited the story.
I love the idea behind this trilogy, just not the execution. That will not stop me from reading the third and final book because I truly am interested in Ibn Battutah. I just find Mackintosh-Smith's writing really really boring.
Not as vibrant as "travels with a tangerine"; a little dry. Perhaps because he spends most of his time accounting for what of Ibn Battuta travels he doesn't find in the modern day. Not so surprising after 700 years.
Very witty writing; many hidden allusions that make you read the sentence a second time.Interesting subject, retracing Ibn Battuta's travels in India and discovering how accurate or how exaggerated his accounts are.
Ibnu Batutta a traveler wisdom seekerbut probably not your average nomadic backpackerobably the first well known travel blogger of the ancient world :P"to read is to travel"
Makes me want to return to the first book again soon. A great travelling companion
Travelogue as author traces Ib Batuta's tracks. Interesting observation of Indian backlands.
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