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January 26th, 2018

My photo of the day “…Vindhya Himachala Yamuna Ganga …”

…goes one of the lines of the Indian national anthem, and can be translated roughly as:

“(the name)…echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,

Mingles in the music of the Yamuna and Ganga”

The words of any national anthem are always a little stiff – is that the word I’m looking for? – but basically in this section of the anthem, the idea of pan-Indian unity and patriotism is being invoked, in the ‘from the hills to the rivers’ analogy.

So this memory of 26 January last year fits the bill perfectly.

I was doing the Chadar trek, […]

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February 6th, 2017

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion”

When you look at an image like this from our Chadar Trek last week, the words of the late Anatoli Boukreev make such perfect sense:

“Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

Dazzling peaks, deep blue skies, pristine snow…how beautiful and wonderful the world is, seen from this privileged vantage point.

The views we had on our trek were breathtaking, day after day after day.

I couldn’t get enough of them.

Such beauty…

February 5th, 2017

Photo of the day – I have NO idea

As in NO idea why anyone would choose to take a dip in glacial water, at altitude, in the Himalayas, in the winter, in temperatures of -15C…but hey, there’s no accounting for taste.

I have just returned from the Chadar, an amazing trek along the frozen river Zanskar in Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas.

As if the trek itself, and the snowy weather aren’t harsh enough, some people choose to take a dip in those bits of the river Zanskar that aren’t covered with thick sheet ice.

Like so:

Please note that the local Ladakhi porters are fully clothed […]

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December 27th, 2016

A (bit of a showy-off) photo of the day

I have to thank one of my running mates, Harminder Singh, for spotting this, & telling me that one of my photos was used by bing.com on Christmas Eve.

As I said, it is indeed a bit showy-off-y, but…

Happy holidays, everyone, as we segue from Christmas to New Year.