Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Remember the Modern Day Explorer? - an Update!

                                                                                            Attribution: Yusuf  Hashim
Image:1  Yusuf Hashim  -  on Top of the World!
(Yusuf Hashim says - We carry a couple of ancient single loading bolt action rifles each time we go ashore, for protection from Polar Bears in the unlikely event that one of them decides to have one of us for lunch. Usually, firing the gun into the air will be enough to scare them away)

                                                                                          Attribution: Yusuf Hashim
Image: 2 Stopover for a Look-see
( Yusuf Hashim says  -  As we sail among the icebergs, occasionally we will 
decide to go ashore to do a short hike up a little hillock 
to survey the landscape before us )

Remember the Modern Day Explorer, OP Yusuf Hashim? ***(here) (here) He was recently featured on the Front Cover of the Grid Magazine, incorporating also his maiden article inside!

(an excerpt of Yusuf's FB posting datelined Aug 26, 2016)
Yusuf Hashim says:

I was incommunicado for nearly 2 weeks while sailing a two masted wooden schooner in Greenland. I flew into Reykjavik from Constable Point in Greenland this afternoon, had a nice warm shower, and then proceeded to clear out the accumulated junk from two weeks of being away from civilization, with neither mobile network nor internet connectivity.

Then I came upon this gem. (Blush Blush)
An old goat I knew intimately, was on the cover of Issue #54 of The Grid Magazine !!

He was not only on the cover, but inside he was being featured on no less than 26 double spread pages ….. out of the 145 pages of the magazine.

The Grid Magazine has been around for more than a decade. The reason why we mere mortals have probably not seen it is because it’s content appears to be targeted at high net worth individuals as it features revues of yachts, private jets, exotic marques like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Panerai, etc.and all manner of playthings for the rich and the privileged.

In the words of the Publisher, the Grid is… “…. a stylish potpourri of the fine embellishments of life. It showcases the special flourishes that makes life a grand medley of passion, pleasure and privilege.”

Wow !!
A couple of weeks before leaving for Greenland in early August, I was interviewed by the Editorial Team from the Grid. I simply answered the questions they asked, and was totally surprised that I was invited to be their regular columnist on Gypsetting, Travel to Exotic Destinations and on Photography, the triple passions of my life.

Of course I accepted the invitation, and the challenge. I was simply asked to write a maiden article, so I wrote a piece on the Serengeti, where I was shooting the wildebeest migration the week before. Hee hee hee… it surprised me to bits that they actually published the interview, and the article and even put that old goat on their cover.

So now I have to write the second and third articles for Issue #55 and #56.I will try and write them on those cold nights next week when I'm sailing in the barquentine Tallship the Antigua near the North Pole, looking for Polar Bears, Whales, Narwhals, Musk Ox, Seals, etc. to photograph. The magazine is published once every two months. You’ll have to wait to see what I will be writing on in the next 2 issues.

*** Note:  Many of Yusuf Hashim's adventures have been posted in Alex's A to Z  April Challenge in April 2015. Two of the links are given above

Apologies: This is not a poem as such but a prose proper. Hank
contends the theme is relevant to the prompt as it is a conquest of sorts

For Susan's at PU's Midweek Motif  -  conquest


  1. Hank, thanks for sharing. He has an amazing life as a modern day explorer.

  2. Wonderful and so interesting to read Hank. Thanks for sharing an insight of such adventurous people.

  3. Way to go, Yusuf! There will probably be some high-end people who want to book a trip with him now.

  4. That is awesome indeed. Maybe he'll be totting around all the rich guys soon haha

  5. It took me a while to realize this was your narrative voice, and I love it. So different from your other poetry. What a guy! Absolutely relevant.

  6. quite an unusual way of living, a spirit of conquest is there....

  7. This is interesting, Hank. On the news last night they said that, now icebergs have melted due to climate change, luxury cruise ships can now access northern waters.......sad to know the 'berks are melting so quickly.

  8. Two explorers and adventurers - I can feel the enthusiasm Hank - it's infectious

  9. Love this style of narrative writing ❤ Kudos!!

  10. so much to explore in the world - be it on a polar exhibition or in zürich where i have been today - no bears but lots of interesting people - smiles

  11. Congratulations, Hank

    much love...

  12. That's quite a story, Hank. I always wonder what makes a person adventurous.

  13. I so enjoyed this and it's certainly a worthy tribute to a true conqueror!

  14. Hi Hank, My friends have been badgering me that they've not been able to get a copy of the magazine at the news stands. That is because its a niche magazine targeted more to a subscriber pool. Limited copies are available from MPH, Kinokuniya, Times, Borders, and also Popular. I don’t think the newsstands have them. If anybody would like to subscribe to THE GRID, please write to them at enquiries@thegridasia.com. With permission from the editors of the grid, I told my friends that they could read a shortened excerpt of the Grid Issue #54 at my google drive link ... https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxlcE4aa8HKfTEpYaV9vRE8yQW8/view

    1. Thanks OP Yusuf. Hank's blogger friends are astounded with your accomplishments. From the comments above one can get the awe of wonder they felt when viewing the great photos unique from others available in the blogs. They should be viewing the link above I'm certain.