In the Himalayan valley of the Dhauli Ganga, an ancient animist festival in honour of Nanda Devi, the mountain that is also a goddess
When artist and writer George Mathen, who writes under the nom de plume Appupen, burst on to the Indian graphic novel scene with his 2009 book Moonward, what immediately caught the eye were the stark black and white images of his panels. An experimental narrator, Appupen’s books don’t deal much in words. Unless strictly necessary,... Continue Reading →
I was born just thirty years ago, but I’ve wandered a million miles already. Along the River through the green grass on the banks, out to the borderlands where the red dust roils, Chewed herbs, cooked up alchemical elixirs, trying to become an Immortal. Read all the Writings, chanted the Histories aloud, trying to learn... Continue Reading →
The Ken River in Madhya Pradesh's Bundelkhand region boasts of an unique eco system. This pretty river rises in the uplands of the Vindhya plateau and flows through the Panna Tiger Reserve and upper Bundelkhand for 427km to join the Yamuna at Chilla in Uttar Pradesh. Often called the cleanest river in central India, the... Continue Reading →
Emptiness can be beautiful, and intensely terrifying. To get a an idea of just what I mean, go to the Changthang plateau in Ladakh, climb up one of the many 5,000m passes that dot the landscape, look, and hear the blood pounding in your head. But even in the dun emptiness, there are sounds—the whistling... Continue Reading →
Often we travel without much awareness of the people and the cultures that we're visiting. Works of art like this manuscript, helps us get a deeper sense of the vibrant cultural and artistic lives of a people.
Continued from Nepal Trek Part 2 Next day to Namche. We start early, before the sun has found us, and we begin our walk in the shadow of Kwangde’s sheer granite east face as it stands out against a clear blue sky. Just outside Phakding, we cross the first of the famous suspension bridges. Bouncing... Continue Reading →
Continued from Nepal Trek Part 1 Although it is now the most visited region in the entire Himalaya, until 1949, Nepal and by extension the Khumbu region was closed to the outside world. Whatever little information existed about this wonderful land enclosed by some of the highest peaks in the world came from the prolific... Continue Reading →