Of rebuilding life in the hills

Immerse yourself in this mixed bag of books this week

By   |  Published: 13th Aug 2019  10:12 pm

Go beyond defining mountains only by their height, next, ponder over a paradigm shift in ancient Indian history in the modern day search for the mythical Saraswati river; and finally, make your way through an enhanced collection of stories about Tibetan refugees starting anew in India.

Wild Himalaya

The author begins his latest work Wild Himalaya A Natural History of the Greatest Mountain Range on Earth with a parable about two mythical characters, Nilli and Nipu. The former made the earth and when complete, it turned out so big that the latter put the sky as a lid above it. But, the lid was too small. So Nili pushed and pulled the soil together until the sky and earth were the same size and as a result, parts of the world stood up as mountains.

Author: Stephen Alter

Price: Rs 899

The Sarasvati Civilisation

“The quest for an ancient river that was irrevocably lost some 3,900 years ago, is quintessentially a quest for a lost sense of self in the Indian civilisation. It is in essence, a quest for unravelling its true identity. It is about who are we as Indians,” writes Maj. Gen. Bakshi, a military historian and decorated combat veteran. Bakshi writes in an attempt to bring a paradigm shift in ancient Indian history.

Author: Major General GD Bakshi (Retd)

Price: Rs 399

Tibet With My Eyes Closed

Each of the stories, the author tells of Tibetans rebuilding their lives in India epitomises one element of the prayer flags, space, wind, fire, water and earth for they have some element of that colour woven into their background. “There is an old Tibetan saying: ‘If I tell you my dream, you might forget it. If I act on my dream, perhaps you will remember it, but if I involve you, it becomes your dream too’,” Gurung writes.

Author: Madhu Gurung

Price: Rs 350