Rapid City to Chicago to London
Apart from a Bangladeshi Chicken Kebab, didn't indulge in much. A short hop over to Bruselas and then a new experience awaited me on Egyptair to Kuala Lumpur via Cairo.I shall recount that later.
It was time to visit Malacca once again, and renew my acquaintances with all those connected with Zheng He/Cheng Ho, and fortunately the President of the International Cheng Ho Society was in town and that resulted in a wonderful conversation. He gave me copies of two books on Zheng He.
The most recent publication is Zheng He and the Afro-Asian World in which my own modest contribution of Zheng He and his legacy in Cochin, India had been included. The other book is an intriguing one, written analytically by a Professor of Business from Singapore University. He looks at the Zheng He voyages and condenses from it, a summary for the ethical behaviour for a modern day businessman, including happiness all aroundthe workplace and beyond. Zheng He and the Ming Dynasty in the early 1400s were not interested in colonization or conquering or pillaging, but the message was one of peace and harmony.
Cheng Ho/Zheng He's art of Collaboration can be summarized as:
I knew the right person who was practicing this philosophy, none other than my friend in Bogor, the humble man, Pak Hendra. I bought tickets to Jakarta, but before I had one stop to make which had been long overdue: Kuala Trengganu on the East Coast of Malaysia.
The hospitality of two australians from Thursday Island who have made Kuala Trengganu, their home, included a visit to the Cheng Ho Temple on the shores of the river.
We had an excellent driver, Pak Hashim from Kuala Trengganu, as it is not easy to find this temple.
The next stop: Bogor in Indonesia where the humble man was waiting and also a rich variety of gastronomical delights including some special sundanese cooking which had been prepared as a surprise feast for all of us!