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Book review: Wild Himalaya by Stephen Alter

Wild Himalaya by Stephen Alter. Aleph Books. Stephen Alter,  our go-to Himalaya man, has delivered up a real treasure trove with this book. It is divided into eight sections dealing with virtually all aspects of the mighty mountain range: orogenesis (the process by which the Himalaya was formed through deformations in the earth`s crust), the…

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Photo Feature: Picture Postcards

                                                                  The 108 chortens of Dorchu La, Bhutan. On the road leading out of Thimphu, we came across these beautiful chortens, rows and…

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Book Review: The Himalayan Arc Edited by Namita Gokhale

The Himalayan Arc, Journeys East of South-east. Edited by Namita Gokhale. HarperCollins. More geopolitical than travelogue, this is an interesting compilation where the snow-topped mountains feature less, and the lands that lie east of the massif, on its sides and its foothills, its plains and valleys feature more. Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar, all of the…

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Travel: Looking for that clear day

On a clear day….. It is the nature of the footloose traveller to muse, to ponder, to introspect. As one of the tribe, I find myself thinking deeply about one set of four one-syllable words that hold in them much hope, despair and patience. On a clear day. This was the leitmotif of my travelling…

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Travel: Chimi Lakhang in Bhutan

Blessed by the phallus   Bhutan’s mystifying phallicgraphy is a tradition dating back to the 15th century. The Chimi Lhakhang was not on my list of Bhutan must-sees. In fact, I did not even know about it. And then, en route to the hill station of Punakha, where the current king wed his pretty wife,…

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Travel: Samtse, Bhutan

  Samtse symphony A haven in the land of the Thunder Dragon The crossing into Bhutan was made so seamlessly, we were in the Land of the Thunder Dragon (the capital letters add to the mystique!) before we knew it. We entered from the south-western tip, from Siliguri in sub-Himalayan West Bengal, to use the…

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Travel: Bhutan

Kingdom of happiness     Every step I take is hard work. My breath has started coming out in gasps. I am more than halfway up a very steep gradient.  I just can’t turn back. Is this a time to measure my happiness quotient? Not really. It’s a cool day, mercifully, and the hills that…

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