Trekking 101

I’m back in Mumbai from an exhausting and challenging trek in the mountains of the Lesser Himalayas in Uttarakhand and I’m still recovering from the fatigue that has sunk in as a result of the constant travel and the battering that my skin received courtesy the harsh summer sun of the mountains.

This was my second outing in Uttarakhand; the previous excursion took place in 2011 and saw me trek to an elevation of 3200m. over a period of four days that stretched from Uttarkashi and the banks of the Assiganga through Dodital and Darwa, finally terminating at Hanumanchatti. Continue reading


New Diamond Again!

Exactly two years ago, I stayed in Paharganj and wrote this review and here I am today, in the same café and in the company of Mr. Sharma who runs it.

Paharganj is the union of several crisscrossing streets lined with cheap bed-and-breakfast joints and shops selling knickknacks and exorbitantly priced merchandise for the benefit of foreigners who frequent this area for its proximity to the railway station and its tolerance of the many vices that besiege mankind. And right at the center of this confluence, running east-west is the main bazaar at the far end of which sits this café.

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