Globetrekker - Ian Wright in India
Globetrekker – Ian Wright in India
It’s back! At 2100 UK/CET Sunday September 10th Travel Channel is premiering a brand new series of its hit travelogue GLOBETREKKER. This off beat series is known as much for its colourful cast of presenters as its stunning locations around the world.. Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Megan McCormick, Jonathan Atherton and the GLOBETREKKER team set off on another round of adventures, taking in places as diverse as Northern Ireland, South Carolina, Mauritius, New Zealand and subjects as varied as Malaysian arm wrestling, British Food, Venetian Gondolas, and Viking festivals. It all kicks off at 2100 UK/CET Sunday 10th September and to mark the occasion they are giving away 20 DVDs of PILOT GUIDES, the last fantastic series from the makers of GLOBETREKKER, as well as 30 CDs of the series’ magical music. Their giveaway is on a first come first serve basis so you wil have fill in the form on this site and you could be whisked away to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations courtesy of GLOBETREKKER and the Travel Channel
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Ian Wright
Ian Wright
Ian Wright (born May 17, 1965, Suffolk, England) is a host of Pilot Productions’ travel/adventure television series Globe Trekker (originally broadcast as Lonely Planet in the United States). He also hosted the short-lived program Ian Wright Live, a show filmed before a live audience and featured discussions on various travel topics. A seasoned international traveller, Wright is perhaps the most recognizable host of Globe Trekker. He is known for his witty banter and amusing interactions with locals. For the past 7 years, he has hosted over 50 episodes of the program, including more extreme locations like Arctic Canada, Nepal, and Outback Australia. To date, Wright has won three U.S. Cable Ace Awards for Best Magazine Host. Wright now also stars in the cable channel Discovery Travel & Living show VIP Weekends with Ian Wright. Before appearing on television, Wright spent three months in Guyana as part of a Prince’s Trust initiative called Operation Raleigh. He also had extensive travel experience in Egypt, India, and Romania. Wright is also an accomplished painter, who had an exhibition of his work displayed at Chats Palace. He has also played an active role in several after-school programs for children. He currently lives in East London with his wife and family. To relax, Ian enjoys playing football, eating out, and going for walks in the English countryside.
Source : Travel Channel.

Yellow hat Monk
Yellow hat Monk

Tibetan Monks
Tibetan Monks
The government of a Tibetan Monastery may be described as a pyramid organized into three levels. At the lowest level the general monk population is divided into groups called ‘khangchens'(or ‘michens’). Monks are organized into “khangchens” by their place of origin. Each “khangchens” consists of about 100 monks, with the one topmost in seniority serving as the “jigen” or leader. An executive committee within the ‘khangchen’ handles the day-to-day affairs. The level above the ‘khangchen’ is the ‘dratsang’ or school (it is more fashionable to call it ‘University’). Usually formed by several ‘khangchens’, each ‘dratsang’ is run more or less independently. Resembling a monastery within a monastery, each has its own prayer hall, library and monks, and possesses its own land, pastures and housing. However, ‘dratsangs’ differ from each other in size and wealth. Some of them are so small that they have no `khangchen’ under them. Some ‘dratsangs’ are schools of exoteric Buddhism, and some of esoteric or tantric Buddhism. While in Tibet we met a lot of monks. Roughly monks in Tibet are categorized as follows :
a) Lama
The term ‘lama’, meaning ‘guru’ or master in Tibetan, used to be the tittle reserved solely for high-ranking or accomplished Tibetan Buddhist monk, ordinary monks were merely ‘drapas’. Later, as ‘lama’ came to be used as a polite form od address for any ‘drapa’, it became a common misnomer for all Tibetan monks.
b) Monks
Tibetan Buddhism used to have private tutorships for monks. Ge-lug-pa started a school system for monks. That is the ‘dratsang’ system. All sects, including Bonism, adopted this system. In a monastery, monks are divided into four groups:
(1). Monk students of exoteric and esoteric Buddhism. Called ‘bachogwa’ (scholars) in Tibetan, these monks, are prospective holders of the top degrees of monastic study, and stand an excellent chance of becoming candidates for the position of monk officials. They represent “the best hope” of all monks but not all of them can hope to fulfill this intention.
(2) Monks trained in religious professions. These are monks who hire themselves out to pray for the safety and the happiness of their clients; to conduct religious ceremonies to release the dead from their sins, or as oracle consultants. Sometimes they pray on the street.
(3) Artisans and specialized practitioners. This category includes sculptors, molders and casters of images, painters, wood-block carvers and printers of Buddhist texts, and doctors.
(4) Monk laborers. These ordinary monks who perform various chores and duties about the monastery make up the majority of the clergy.
But these official descriptions does not imply the beauty of all these humans. The video below gives an impression of the privelge we had to meet some of these wonderful people. Enjoy!.++