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15 Offbeat Hill Stations to Visit this Summer Part 2

Askot An erstwhile princely state, the Himalayan town of Askot is located in Pithoragarh district of the state of Uttarakhand. The town is popular for the Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary, an important site for the conservation of the musk deer. At an elevation of 3,629 ft, Panchuli and Chiplakot peaks form the backdrop for Askot. The town has Nepal to the east, Almora to the west, Pithoragarh to the south and Tibet to the north. The spectacular natural beauty with the Kumaon range forming a stunning backdrop is bound mesmerize you completely. Do not

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part VIII

In the penultimate part of the Uttarkhand Floods series, Chandan Das wonders about why India can’t foresee a terror strike or a natural disaster! Why do Indians act only after lives are lost, and even after that, simply engage in blame-games instead of learning lessons? How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold – William Wordsworth Wanna hear some numbers?

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part VII

Chandan Das connects the dots between the negative impact of human intervention in the Himalayan ecosystem and the wrath of Nature as we have seen in the form of Uttarakhand Floods! Of all that is most beauteous, imaged there In happier beauty; more pellucid streams, An ampler ether, a diviner air, And fields invested with purpureal gleams. – William Wordsworth Never Tamper with the Nature!! All of us believe that the Holy Ganga is like

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part VI

Chandan Das delves into the fact that in an agricultural economy where early monsoons should come as a pleasant surprise, catches us unprepared — despite all the warnings!  Ah, what a warning for a thoughtless man, Could field or grove, could any spot of earth, Show to his eye an image of the pangs Which it hath witnessed,-render back an echo Of the sad steps by which it hath been trod! – William Wordsworth Development?? Uttarakhand is a DECADE

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part V

In the fifth part of the series, Chandan Das explores the farce behind the flood control measures, which eventually led to this large scale disaster! That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. – William Wordsworth PLAN YOUR “PLANS”!! The National

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Ganga…What Happened to You?

Excerpt from my diary entry – 9th April 2013 Crazy limbs bound in harem pants and loose shirt, flying in all direction, eyes brimmed with tears, cold breeze slapping on cheeks to wake me up…but I was lost. I was lost with the crowd underneath tri- color canopy next to Ganga Ghat. While we were busy releasing our caged inner soul from turmoil’s of hunger and quenches of daily life there was somebody enjoying show

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part IV

Chandan Das wonders about the reason due to which we were not able to take requisite action despite Nature giving us timely warnings, in the fourth part of the Uttarakhand Floods series. “For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity.” – William Wordsworth UTTARAKHAND is PRONE to Natural Disasters: So what? Ok I agree to the fact that

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part III

In the third part of the Uttarakhand Flood series, Chandan Das discusses how hydel projects have been undertaken without assessing the environmental impact. The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours. –William Wordsworth   HYDEL ENERGY PROJECTS: “Energy” Wasted!! Remember how the Ganga warriors had claimed earlier that the Central government was not serious about keeping its assurance

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Uttarakhand Floods: Nature’s Fury or Have We Dug Our Own Graves? – Part I

“And much it grieved my heart to think what man has made of man” – William Wordsworth Ok I will start with a Fact: The Himalayan region is home to several major Hindu pilgrimage centres – beginning from Rishikesh and Haridwar where the River Ganga first flows out into the plains. Every year thousands go to do the Char Dham Yatra. On 15th June 2013 a calamity “Himalayan tsunami” arrived and a tragedy struck Uttarakhand that was

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Dev Bhoomi Drowning

It was alive a few days ago! 11th June I returned from Badrinath (Uttarkhand) about a week ago. My journey ranged from Haridwar to Badrinath via Joshimath & all the Prayags. Since childhood I had heard stories of hundreds flocking to these Great Dhams in search of salvation, but this visit was not for any religious motive but just as an enthusiastic adventure ride. To me Haridwar/ Har ki Pauri was a place where people

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