Jakarta Life and Work, 2001-2002

I won't say I enjoyed my year in Jakarta. It had its moments, but for someone such as me, who enjoys walking, it was not a great place to be. The roads were potholed and dusty, and, save for a few streets in the city centre, there were no pavements. I spent a year stumbling along at the road's edge with a cycling mask clamped to my face during my daily strolls, earning the nickname 'walkman'.

Bogor, an hour away by train, was a pleasant weekend retreat, and some of those images are therefore included here, as they were a part of my life in Jakarta. Other images come from my many wanderings around town.

Delhi Deadlines by Sheldon Smith

A washed out journalist, posted to India to cover a bloody election campaign, uncovers truths about his son's life - and death - in the country, truths that test loyalties forged in the war zones of Bosnia and Rwanda. A fiercely evocative narrative of modern-day India, filled with the clamour and hot stinks of its capital, this is a novel of death woven through with life.

"The writing is very very good... the mysteriousness of Wyndham's death and the narrator's involvement will entice the reader to keep reading." - 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Expert Reviewer


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