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: Keki N Daruwalla is one of India’s leading poets and short story writers. He wrote his Master’s in Literature from Punjab and spent a year at Oxford University as a Visiting Fellow under the Colombo Plan. He retired as Chairman JIC. A volume of his Collected Poems has been published in 2006. Daruwalla won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (for Asia) in 1987. He represented the country at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2005. Daruwalla has been posted thrice in the mountains of Joshimath, Ranikhet and Kashmir. He calls himself a ‘shamateur’ trekker, having footed it to Rupkund, Chorhoti Pass, Pindari Glacier, and Amarnath. ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER Ashok Dilwali magically brings snow-clad mountains and lovely valleys into our homes. He, undoubtedly, reigns supreme in mountain photography. He has mastered the art of capturing the exact mood at appropriate angles with his lens, and presents the Himalayas, its people and places in a form and style never seen before.

: Riding the Himalayas is a unique travelogue of a Himalayan odyssey, a car-trek starting from the Siachin Glacier across the entire Himalayas (Kashmir, Ladakh, Garhwal, Kumaon, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim) right up to Kibitho, the extreme east of the Himalayas. This team of car rallyists (mostly ladies), wildlife experts and photographers went through mountain deserts, tropical forests and the highest motorable road on the planet. Their adventures were remarkable—a horrendous rock-fall in Uttarkashi, a riot in Badrinath, Pakistani guns opening fire near Kargil, and river crossings with Scorpios hitched precariously on country boats. This well-researched text gives a bird’s-eye view of the history of remote regions, monasteries and temples, and vivid accounts of game sanctuaries. Keki N Daruwalla has burrowed into nineteenth-century chronicles and provides glimpses of what life was like in the mountains then. Both, Keki N Daruwalla, the author, and Ashok Dilwali, one of the finest photographers of India, are mountain lovers. Riding the Himalayas has been written in memorable and luminous prose, paralleled by some of the finest photographs of the Himalayas.

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