Travels with Myself

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Travels With Myself
Travels With Myself book cover by Tahir Shah.jpg
First edition cover
Author Tahir Shah
Language English
Subject Various
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Mosaique Books
Publication date
16 Dec 2011
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 428
ISBN 978-1-257-75300-0
Preceded by In Arabian Nights
Followed by Timbuctoo

Travels With Myself: Collected Work is a selection of over sixty journalistic articles written by Anglo-Afghan author, film-maker and adventurer Tahir Shah on his travels in such far-flung places as Latin America, Africa and Asia, and especially his current residence, Morocco. The articles were written over a twenty-year period, between 1992 and 2012, and cover a wide range of subjects, from women prisoners on America's death row, to the Islamic legacy of Timbuktu.[1][2]


Better known for his travel books, which feature a wide range of outlandish journeys,[3] Tahir Shah's journalism covers an equally eclectic mixture of subjects.

Travels With Myself begins with a piece about the luxurious Maharaja Express train, which took Shah from Mumbai to Delhi, through Rajasthan. There are pieces of a serious nature, such as the widows in Cambodia who clear landmines for a living with the British-run Mines Advisory Group. Another reportage-style piece describes the 'new' face of the Ku Klux Klan, and its leadership under Rachel Pendergraft, daughter of veteran Klansman Thomas Robb. Yet another discusses the work of the Guerilla Girls, a New York women's activist group, demonstrating about male domination in the art world.

A considerable proportion of the articles are concerned with Morocco, where Shah currently resides. There are pieces about specific cities, such as Chefchaouen, Essaouira, Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, and Fès.

Yet more of the content is relatively humorous, a style for which Shah is known, including a piece about G. Vidyaraj, a retired Indian advocate who discovered a series of priceless gemstones in his cupboard; and another about India's Laughter Yoga.

In his introduction, Shah states that this is a bedside book, a work that ought to be dipped into at random.[4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (Feb 2012). "Travels With Myself". Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ Shah, Tahir (2011). Travels With Myself. Mosaique Books. ISBN 978-1-257-75300-0. 
  3. ^ Potts, Rolf (2011). "Rolf Potts' Vagabonding: Travel Writers: Tahir Shah". Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  4. ^ Shah, Tahir (2011). Travels With Myself. Mosaique Books. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-257-75300-0. 

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