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Himalaya

Himalaya

Namita Gokhale
Ruskin Bond

Edited By

Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale

Category

Anthology, Non-fiction

Format

Hardback

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(Hardback | ISBN 9789385288920 | 464 pages | September 2016)

Summary

For some, the Himalaya is a frontier against which to test themselves. Others find refuge and tranquility in the mountains, a place where they can seek their selves, perhaps even God. And over millennia, the mountains have cradled civilization itself and nurtured teeming, irrepressible life.

With over fifty essays, this comprehensive volume brings together a dazzling range of voices—among others, Fa-Hien, Pundit Nain Singh, Heinrich Harrer, Fanny Parkes, Dharamvir Bharati, Arundhathi Subramaniam, Rahul Sankrityayan, Amitav Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Frank Smythe, Paul Brunton, Edmund Hillary, Mark Twain, Sarat Chandra Das, Dom Moraes, Manjushree Thapa—and the two editors themselves—in an unparalleled panorama.

Here you will find stories of great ascents and descents; the madness of war on the ‘world’s highest battlefield’; tales of exploratory derring-do; and a mutiny up on a mountain. A seeker has an intense spiritual experience on Mount Kailas, another among shamans on a mountaintop in Nepal; and, looking for the snow leopard in Ladakh, an author finds himself. A resident of a Sherpa village writes a heartfelt account of the aftermath of an avalanche which killed porters and climbers on Everest; and residents of Langtang record an oral history of the earthquake which wiped out their village. A matriarch describes her life and family in Almora of a bygone time; a prisoner in Dehra Dun jail draws solace from visits by birds and small animals; and the fragrance of lime makes a traveller’s night in a remote Garhwal village memorable for all time.

Edited by Ruskin Bond, India’s most-loved writer, and acclaimed novelist Namita Gokhale, this anthology spans the entire range, from the foothills to the highest peaks, and from its easternmost to its westernmost ends. Himalaya will keep you riveted.

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About the author

Namita Gokhale

Namita Gokhale is the author of several bestselling works of fiction and non-fiction. Her books include Paro: Dreams of Passion, A Himalayan Love Story, The Book of Shadows, Shakuntala and The Book of Shiva. Namita is also co-director of the Jaipur Literary Festival and of Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan literary festival.

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Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond has written novels, memoirs, short story collections and books of essays and poetry. His recent books include Lone Fox Dancing: My Autobiography, A Book of Simple Living: Brief Notes from the HIlls, Friends in Wild Places: Birds, Beasts and Other Companions, A Little Book of Happiness, A Little Book of Serenity and A […]

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