Spectre of Choor Dhar – Tales from The Mountains

-Binding: Paperback
-ISBN13: 9789388424509
-Language: English
-Publication Year: 2019
-Author: Avay Shukla
-Product Code: VPG1994


The mountains are mysterious places and each valley or peak contains its own secrets and tales. The ten stories in this book, all based on legends, myths or actual events, are set in Himachal and present a fascinating picture of a state possessing a rich history, steeped in mythology, blessed with a unique natural environment and peopled with a diverse cast of memorable characters. They explore a wide spectrum of human emotions and values criminal depravity rustic wisdom, insentient love divine anger the ambivalence of violence and classical bureaucratic shenanigans. if there is one message they convey, it is this: do not laugh at what you can’t explain. Life is to be lived, Not Judged.

SKU: VPG1994
Avay Shukla belongs to the Indian Administrative Service and has served in Himachal Pradesh for 30 years. He is president of the Himachal Pradesh Trekking Association and a founder member of the Ecotourism Society of India. He is an unapologetic conservationist and has quite often found this clashing with his role as a government servant, a trait portrayed honestly in this book. His passion for nature has seen him tramping up and down the remotest areas of this mountain state for the last 20 years. His detailed account of some of the major and more difficult treks is unique in that he brings to bear on these journeys his administrative insights and experience, which adds depth and perspective to his observations and narrative. The author is now retired and settled in a small village (pop. 225; 224 when his wife dumps him for Delhi, which is quite often) 20 km above Shimla. He is a relentless blogger and spends his remaining time tending to his apple plants and looking for golf balls that he unerringly drives into the forests every time.

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