• Title: Out of This World
  • Author: Lowell Thomas Lowell Thomas
  • ISBN: 9788170208334
  • Page: 256
  • Format: None
  • Out of This World When Lowell Thomas received an invitation from His Holiness the th Dalai Lama to visit Lhasa in the year it was the beginning of a great adventure The author gives graphic descriptions of Tib
    When Lowell Thomas received an invitation from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, to visit Lhasa in the year 1949, it was the beginning of a great adventure The author gives graphic descriptions of Tibetan Buddhism and the life of ordinary and noble Tibetans which, even at the middle of this century, was untouched by western technology.

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    1. In 1949, the government of Tibet gave permission to Lowell Thomas, known as the broadcaster/writer/traveler who made Lawrence of Arabia famous, and his son, the author of this book, to travel to Lhasa.Lhasa, the holiest city in all of Tibet, was off-limits to foreigners, with a few notable exceptions. Travelers to that holy city usually only made it on a repeated attempt, after having been turned away. They take on disguises to travel (such as Alexandra David-Neel), or they use force (such as Si [...]

    2. This is a comparative review of “Seven Years In Tibet” by Heinrich Harrar, first published in 1953, (read second) AND “Out Of This World” by Lowell Thomas Jr. first published in 1950, (read first).I repeat this review on my records for each of these books.Harrar mentions, in just one brief paragraph in his book (pg. 223), of the August 1949 visit of the Lowell Thomas’ Sr. & Jr. to Lhasa. He firmly categorises them as other interesting visitors; and confesses to envying their photog [...]

    3. My book copy is a 1950 Hardbook. It is the detailed account of father and son team Lowell Thomas Sr. and Jr.'s trek from Siliguri, India to Lhasa, Tibet. They traveled by donkeys through mountain passages and crossing flowing rivers, staying overnight and photographing the friendly villagers they met along the way. These stories and pictorial views were fascinating in and of themselves but they were going until they reached their intended destination. The sixteen year old Dali Lama. The Thirteen [...]

    4. For many years Lhasa in my mind was that of an isolated city. Then a few years ago I read/heard that department stores in Lhasa had escalators. Shock! Yes, until the mid-20th Century the city was indeed secluded, cut off from the rest of the world, with few modern features. No plumbing or electricity, no wheeled transportation, much like when Lowell Thomas, semi-famous radio commentator, and his son, Lowell Jr made their arduous trip in 1949. The pair were invited because ruling lamas hoped that [...]

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