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11-27-2010, 12:43 AM
Almost seventy years ago, a young British army officer arrived in the Indian subcontinent ready for adventure. He never left.
Major Geoffrey Langlands was present at the birth of Pakistan in 1947 and has spent more than half a century teaching there. Now he is looking for a successor to take over his mountain school in the Chitral Valley in northern Pakistan.
Orla Guerin went to meet him.


11-27-2010, 01:04 AM
WOW! What a great person ... after all this, I HOPE it works out!!!!


11-27-2010, 05:03 AM
This place brings some amazing stories ...thanks Syed .BY:D

Steve Paskey
11-27-2010, 07:49 AM
That's a wonderful story. Thank you, Syed.

For anyone who'd prefer to read about it rather than watch a video, here's a story about the same fellow from the Guardian:

11-27-2010, 08:11 AM
Thanks, Syed. I hope that I look that good when I am 92.

S.V. Airlie
11-27-2010, 09:01 AM
A modern day Mr. Chips

11-27-2010, 12:12 PM
I do not intend undermining his great noble mission, but some places simply enslave you for ever. Read a story about a young man (probably a Briton) fascinated by Swat valley in Pakistan, he decided to migrate there and his fiancée's best efforts could not change his mind and finally she abandoned him.
I always thought about him during the extreme disturbance in that area.

S.V. Airlie
11-27-2010, 12:18 PM
Syed I'm a bit confused here are you saying the teacher was essentially being enslaved or the person who would have been his wife?

11-27-2010, 12:22 PM
Enslaved by the scenic beauty (etc) of a place.

S.V. Airlie
11-27-2010, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the clarification. I think, from my perspective, it was being enthralled. I think that enslavement is too strong a word.

11-27-2010, 12:28 PM
Thanks for correction.

S.V. Airlie
11-27-2010, 12:33 PM
Heck no problem Your English is excellent. Definitions are tricky things because they may literally have the same meaning but a different degree of force Enslavment is a very forceful use of the word

11-27-2010, 12:42 PM
Imagine the force required to leave your lands for an alien place.

Thanks for the compliments, I know my limitations about the language skills and appreciate the generous attitude of the forum-fellows.

11-27-2010, 01:49 PM
Amazing man, Beautiful place and wonderful people.