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The men who measured Earth’s curves

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Features | 0 comments

How the world’s highest peak was named after a man who had never seen it—and how a mass-mail marketer unearthed its storyRead more at: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/9tK3aB8EJvHxsWmqc8UxuI/The-men-who-measured-Earths-curves.html?utm_source=copy

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How the world’s highest peak was named after a man who had never seen it—and how a mass-mail marketer unearthed its storyRead more at: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/9tK3aB8EJvHxsWmqc8UxuI/The-men-who-measured-Earths-curves.html?utm_source=copy

How the world’s highest peak was named after a man who had never seen it – and how a mass mail marketer unearthed its story.

 

For much of 1966, John Keay wrote pamphlets and newsletters to persuade Londoners to hire the One Number Service’s plumbing, gardening and household services.

From his table stacked with mass mails in London’s West End, Keay, the marketing director at One Number Service, began a journey halfway across the world and unearthed and narrated historical stories from all over Asia. He discovered that the world’s highest peak was named after a man who had neither seen the peak nor had any interest in mountains.

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Fort Kochi, Kerala | Remains of a spice coast

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Travel Writing | 0 comments

Centuries-old houses and a breeze spiked with spice are reminders that the past is a living thing.

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In a nowhere land, a metropolis is born

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Portfolio, Travel Writing | 0 comments

163175381[1]--310x465Mint Lounge. May 11, 2013. 2141 words.
[I visit sites in today’s New York from the 17th century, when it was a wild, remote island.]
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Decoding the Dutch

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Features | 0 comments

GehringNarrative.ly, January 10, 2013. 3843 words.

[I profile historian Charles Gehring who discovered the roots of present day New York – in Amsterdam.]

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Boy From The Bronx.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Features | 0 comments

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Narrative.ly, December 5, 2012. 2476 words.

[I profile Bronx historian Lloyd Ultan, equal parts walking-encyclopedia and old-time jokester.]

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19th Century Bronx.

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in slider, Travel Writing | 0 comments

On the Mott Haven Historic District in the South Bronx.

Mint Lounge(Wall Street Journal India).

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