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Yoga, first experience

Yoga, first experience

While touring the grounds of The Leela Palace Hotel in Mumbai where I stayed, I chanced upon Racchana who observed me admiring some of their flowers, and we started to chat. I got to know that she is the hotel’s Yoga guru and does free lessons for guests from 7 – 9 am. I asked her a few questions about yoga which she fully answered, and also demonstrated some of the basic and not so basic poses. She even led me through my very first yoga pose and I can tell you, this stuff is hard!

A few days later, today in fact, I had a full hour’s lesson with her. My very first, and I feel stretched, a little sore and happy that I took this first step. I fully intend to take it up when I get back home…

Recommendations welcome!

Enjoy the video and I hope that you too get inspired by Racchana as I have.

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[Vlog] WanneBe Dragon Monster

[Vlog] WanneBe Dragon Monster

One of the things I really love to do is go to various holiday and flea markets to while away the time, and get some inspiration as well sometimes. New York never disappoints in these areas, as you might expect.

I went to the Union Square market this morning and came across a nice little stall that sells special dragon monsters. Special because their background story is very nice and very inspirational too. Watch this video to discover more!

Please take the time to comment and give me feedback if you would. Oh, and go to http://facebook.com/MahmoodsDen and like it!

Many thanks and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

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[Vlog] How to use an Abacus

Moscow, I love you!

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We‘re in Moscow at the moment on a production job. We made our way to Red Square and spent most of the day there. It is astounding to say the very least. Really enjoyed it, and we’re going back again tonight and probably tomorrow to get some pick-ups.

Let me share some of that with you:

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M.Report: Photography Masterclass in NY

M.Report: Photography Masterclass in NY

Looking out of the apartment’s window after Hurricane Irene had passed, I noticed a group of people with a lot of tripods and some photography equipment. That piqued my interest and I thought I’d go and investigate (aka, poke my nose in!) – I’m glad I did! I met the renowned photographer Bryan Peterson (http://ppsop.com) who was teaching photography techniques.

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M.Report: endgadget NY meetup vlog

Tech blog endgadget.com held their readers meetup in New York on Aug 25th, 2011 and we were fortunate enough to be holidaying there at the time. Arif and I went to geek out with fellow tech-heads. It was a good opportunity and we both were impressed with various products on show.

Here’s the vlog I created of the event, I hope that it will give you a sense of how vibrant the place was and also see some of the technologies offered:

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Bahrain Demonstrates in Solidarity with Egypt

I attended a demonstration in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Egypt in their quest for a better, safer, and more democratic future without the geriatric octogenarian Hosni Mubarak. The demonstration took place on Friday afternoon at 4pm and was attended by a few hundred sympathisers. I took the opportunity to record a few interviews with a few people and influencers. I hope that through this short video you can get the feeling of being there, and more importantly feel also the passion of those present for the reason of them being there demonstrating right across from the Egyptian embassy in Manama.

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Saabs – Bahrain’s ancient irrigation channels

We have one old water overflow channel on the side of one of the palm groves near our home and our dog Phoebe and us get great pleasure walking by it and watching the little wildlife that manage to survive there. Guppies abound, and I’ve seen some village children have hunting for frogs and terrapins. Sadly, these ancient channels and their supported wildlife are fast disappearing. In fact, they have all but become extinct.

Is this a price worth paying for “progress”?

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Fresh Crabs Anyone?

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Just before having a lunch of excellent Halibut and Chips in the picturesque Nanaimo harbour, I noticed a woman bashing the hell out of crabs, apparently she was either really pissed off with them, her partner or this is how they clean the blasted things. Quite barbaric and grotesque to say the least, and they keep moving even AFTER they are split in half, mostly de-shelled, broken in half and had their disgusting guts chucked out in the water too! Tell you what, I won’t look at a crab cake the same ever again.

Enjoy this postcard from Nanaimo, BC, and bon appetit!

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