while footfalls in the cold deserts keep rising exponentially in the age of social media, I tend to find the Transhimalayan landscape a relatively drab concoction for the senses… sans the forest, the altitude gets a rather forlorn character… forests lend a ruggedness, a purpose to the mountain it seems, the countless games of cat and mouse between rivers and roots… without the struggles, it all seems a relic, stamped upon time in stasis… not that relics lack in beauty, but kinetics do have a closer kinship with life…
having said that though, the tides are turning, the air is warming and the sands are greening… the canvas is coming back to life, time will tell if for the good or the countdown to some tribulation… but for now, ’tis a change, the only constant if one would confer with Heraclitus, a change that keeps humanity preoccupied in its myriad adaptations…
A play of shadows, Stok village, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
In saner times, he has a keen interest in areas pertaining to tourism, history, agriculture and climate change, especially with respect to historical interpretations, emerging technologies and future livelihoods.
An avid trekker, runner, cyclist, birder and photographer, he is more often than not found gloating over anything hinterland, on foot or over computer monitors, and fantasizing solutions that can foster ‘inclusive’ growth and sustainable livelihoods for communities at the grassroots.
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