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Into the High Ranges

The Penguin Book of Mountain Writings

Agarhwal Ravina

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Penguin Books India


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New Delhi

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Into the High Ranges: The Penguin Book of Mountain Writings

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Into the High Ranges: The Penguin Book of Mountain Writings

Into the High Ranges  

Cold and forbidding to some, a comfort and solace to others, India’s mountainscapes are a testimony to the endurance of the human spirit. From the Himalayas in the north to the Nilgiris in the south, there exist a diverse range of physical, cultural, and aesthetic lifestyles. Into the High Ranges brings together essays and creative works by some of India’s best-known contemporary writers as well as fresh writings by other authors whose imaginations have been fired by these high reaches. Covering a broad spectrum of themes that delve into literature, history, culture and politics, these narratives present an intimate view that differs from stereotypical musings on mountains.

Namita Gokhale writes about returning home to the Kumaon Himalayas to search for calm and meditative silence, while Agha Shahid Ali’s poems long for the solace once provided by his home in the Kashmir Valley. Jamling Norgay risks everything to retrace his father’s historic journey to the top of the world, and David Tomory reminisces about the seventies and his rock and roll youth in McLeodganj. Ruskin Bond shares his passion for ‘the great trees of the mountains’, even as Suketu Mehta points out the hazards of their rapid depletion and exploitation. Gita Mehta traces the relationship between the river and the mountains just as lucidly as Allan Sealy describes the magic of the rains in the hills.

Also contained in this collection are stories that highlight the culture and lore of mountain communities, descriptions of the daily labours of mountain folk, articles on the havoc created by war in border environments like the strife-torn Siachen glacier, and many such thought-provoking accounts.


Recensione in altra lingua (English):

I. New journeys, old routes:
1. In search of snow/Saba Dewan.
2. An ominous forecast/Jamling Tenzing Norgay.
3. In search of the fortune-teller from the hills/Indira Viswanathan Peterson.
4. Journey to Miraji’s mountain/Geeta Patel.

II. Mountain memoirs:
5. Coming home/Namita Gokhale.
6. The city and the hill/Vivek Bhandari.
7. Myth, memory, and other Himalayan labours/Piya Chatterjee.
8. A season to remember/I. Allan Sealy.
9. The hills are alive/David Tomory. I

II. Views of the environment:
10. Great trees I have known/Ruskin Bond.
11. Cliff goats/E.R.C. Davidar.
12. If a tree falls in the forest/Suketu Mehta.
13. The river’s source/Gita Mehta.
14. The old man and the dam/Ajit Bhattacharjea.

IV. High culture:
15. White-bearers: views of the Dhauladhar/Kirin Narayan.
16. Mountains of milk/Joseph S. Alter.
17. Learning from mountains/Ravina Aggarwal.
18. The goat in the shawl/Monisha Ahmed.

V. Frontier dreams:
19. The Saga of Siachen/Harish Kapadia.
20. The Mizos, Mautham and St. Francis/Sanjoy Hazarika.
21. Poems from ‘The Country without a Post Office’/Agha Shahid Ali.
22. The wind/Abdul Ghani Sheikh.