Astansari – Dhaundasari (Konkan to Ghat)- Crazy trek !

I had been on one ‘offbeat ‘ trek with the trekking group  ‘ Offbeat Sahyadris ‘ before . It is something I like about this group , of doing treks other than well trodden routes . Its certainly their USP . So when Priti asked whether I could come for a trek from Valvan to Kandat , across two mountains , I readily agreed . In any case there had been a very long hiatus since I had trekked last , what with my job keeping me away from the country for half a year 😀 .   We , eight … Continue reading Astansari – Dhaundasari (Konkan to Ghat)- Crazy trek !

Chapter 3 – Jirga , Kandahar

Sample pages from  ” Sahyadris to Hindukush “ Chapter 3 — Jirga , Kandahar   The dry brown-red cedar leaf crunched under the horse’s hoof, splintering into a hundred pieces with a distinct crackle. Rehmat Khan Barakzai, astride the sturdy Arabian horse, wrapped his keffiyah closer to his face, to protect himself from the chilly autumn winds that had begun to blow across the Afghan city of Kandahar. He looked across the barren landscape, a drab mixture of  grey , light brown and yellow. Here and there, the spruce and deodar trees sprang out of the ground, bereft of leaves, … Continue reading Chapter 3 – Jirga , Kandahar

Foreword to Brahmaputra by Padmashree Achyut Gokhale (IAS , Nagaland cadre)

  Mr. Achyut Madhav Gokhale is a Padmashree awardee . He served in Nagaland cadre of IAS for 23 years as also for 12 in the  Central Secretariat. He was Member Secretary of a GoI Committee set up to study the Bodo agitation, which gave him deep insights into Assamese culture and history. He has written this book’s foreword. Read about him here Book – “  Brahmaputra ” – The Story of Lachit Barphukan  Pgs : 232  , Price Rs 250 Purchase on flipkart   or with  Amazon Fulfilled (Free Shipping) FOREWORD There was so much of ignorance, born out of indifference perhaps, about … Continue reading Foreword to Brahmaputra by Padmashree Achyut Gokhale (IAS , Nagaland cadre)