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Shamir Shah

Harrow, Outer London, England

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Overview

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  • Fluent in English, Gujarati; learning Hindi, Swahili
  • 105, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • dreaming
  • Best is from university of life and ...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Mission Impossible

ABOUT ME

I am a laidback person who enjoys meeting new people. For me, travel is meaningless without some sort of contact, at any level, with the local people of a place I visit. However beautiful a place, at the end of the day, for me, it the people of the place that make me like the place or not.

PHILOSOPHY

Coming from a Jain background I guess all my moral and philosophical beliefs spring (or should do) from the central concept of AHIMSA. Unfortunately it is much more easy concept to accept in theory than to apply in practice. But I am trying. Keep it simple. Do not judge or be judged. Do not cause suffering or take suffering. The world needs less religion and more spirituality. My conscience is the highest authority in my moral decisions. I do not need, and indeed find it an insult to my conscience and intelligence, to think that I need a preacher or a book to tell me right from wrong.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love travelling and meeting new people on my travels. Prefer to interact with local residents of any destination rather than impersonal hotel staff. Also love hosting people from all over the world to exchange ideas.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

To date (Dec 2014) I have: a) Hosted more than 55 times b) Surfed more than 20 times c) hosted a CS charity BBQ event for 40+ guests at my place on behalf of a CS member from outside London d)held kitchen-surfing dinners at my place 3 times

Interests

Travelling - as follows

visited 27 states (12%)Create your own visited map of The World or Free android travel guide

And especially travelling within India as follows -

visited 12 states (34.2%)Create your own visited map of India or Free android travel guide

And then reading, films, music, spirituality, yoga, holistic massage, nature, wildlife, sunrise, sunsets, beaches, mountains. Have started to apprecaite art - mainly abstract paintings and sclupture too. Have started to learn painting using acrlyics - any help in this area will be greatly appreciated!

Music, Movies & Books

Books - Things fall Apart - Chinua Achebe Siddhartha - Herman HesseA Suitable Boy - Vikram SethThe White Tiger - Aravind Adiga - to understand India!Bombay: Maximum City by Suketu Mehta - to understand Mumbai!Life of Pi - Yann MartelMovies -PakeezaDevdasSlumdog MillionaireAmelieJodaa AkbarLa vita è bella (Life is Beautiful)Music -Dhrupad, Jazz, Ghazals, Sufi, Chet Baker, A R Rehman,Fela Kuti

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Visiting Jain temples in Ranakpur, Rajasthan and in Palitana, Gujarat. Watching the annual wilderbeest migration in Serengati in Kenya. Viewing the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. Experiencing the laidback life of Lamu, Kenya and the backwaters of Kerala, India. Travelling for one month throughout Europe on Euro Rail on a grand budget of £70 (admittedly this was quite a few years ago but without the benefits of internet or Couch Surfing at that time). Walked in total silence thru a forest from pre dawn to sunrise - awesome Watching the sun rise over snow peaked Himalayas

Teach, Learn, Share

Share life experiences., travel experiences, good food and jokes.

What I Can Share With Hosts

I have attended a basic Indian Head Massage course (that includes massage of neck, arms, shoulders, face and head) and can offer that and also basic body massage for relaxation. I can also teach you simple easy relaxation technique (based on yoga principles). And guide you through a basic stretching postures using yoga postures. If you enjoy that and continue to practice yoga thats great. On the other hand if you find that yoga is not for you, you have not lost anything. Maybe I can cook simple Indian vegetarian meals.

Countries I've Visited

Andorra, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Rwanda, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Republic of, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Kenya, United Kingdom

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