My Travels through the Himalayas – V (Simla to Rohtang Pass)

This was one of the two most exotic trips I made in Himachal. In May 2007 my family members had come to visit me in Simla. We planned to go to Rohtang Pass, a famous 13,500 ft peak at the juncture of Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti districts, which has a permanent snow-cap. Our team had a … Continue reading

My Travels through the Himalayas – IV (Simla to Chanshal Peak)

Woman in her Apple Orchard, Shimla District The town of Simla is only a few kilometres long, but Shimla district is a large one and includes some very high peaked mountains towards the eastern side, which are good for apple cultivation. The best apples in Himachal are grown in Kinnaur, but the apples from Shimla … Continue reading

My Travels Through the Himalayas – III (Simla to Dharmashala and Dalhousie)

Dharmashala is of course famous for its Tibetan Monastery and the Dalai Lama’s residence here. I wanted to go there from Simla and had two chances to visit the place – one with another woman fellow and several Associate Fellows who visited the Institute – Prof. Kailash Pattanaik from Orissa, Jaydeep from Bengal and Nirmal … Continue reading

My Travels through the Himalayas – II (Simla to Renuka Lake)

Renuka Lake is the biggest lake in Himachal, lying at a low height of 636 ft south of Simla, which means that the drive from Simla to Renuka goes down the slopes for most parts. The lake lies almost in a valley between several hills and hence, it feels quite warm here, especially if one … Continue reading

My Travels Throught the Himalayas – I (Simla to Kharapattar, Tattapani, Naldehra)

Places Around Simla My First Experience of snow! Most Indians don’t get to see the snow on a regular basis and hence, they find the idea of snow exciting – just as the British find the idea of sun exciting! 🙂 Indians don’t like to be in the sun, because sun is so hot here. … Continue reading

My Travels Through the Himalayas – I (Monuments of Simla – 2)

Monuments of Simla – 2 While the Viceregal Lodge was the power-centre from 1889, architectural constructions – both private and official had been built here from the early 19th century onwards. I have mentioned some of these in the first post in this series. Most of these buildings are renovated now, but they still exist. … Continue reading

My Travels Through The Himalayas – I – Monuments of Simla – 1

My Travels Through The Himalayas – I Monuments of Simla-1 Viceregal Lodge (Now the Indian Institute of Advanced Study) I said in the last post that the British Empire in India was ruled from the Viceregal Lodge from 1889 onwards. Built on the summit of the Observatory Hill, it’s an imposing building, with a housing capacity … Continue reading

My Travels through the Himalayas – I – Simla-1

My Travels Through the Himalayas – I Simla the Queen of the Mountains From this post onwards, I am beginning a series on my travels through the Himalayas, which I made during 2006-2008, when I was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla in Himachal. Apart from researching on my monograph as … Continue reading

World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts…

World of Blogs – Some Interesting Facts I was doing a random search on Google and came up with some interesting statistics. If you type the following terms in Google, you’ll get their respective number of searches as – Hinduism blogs – 904,000 Islam blogs – 15, 700, 000 Christianity blogs – 5, 430, 000 … Continue reading

Hello World! A Tale of Two Countries

A Tale of Two Countries – Freedom On the Internet and in Society Colour Index Obstacles to the free flow of information online Grey – Unknown Blue – No censorship Yellow – Some censorship Red – Under surveillance Black – Heavy surveillance (“Internet black holes”) Internet-surveillance trends around the world are both interesting and surprising. … Continue reading