Mountains have their own unique magic, which never fails to cast a spell on people of all age groups. A sun peaking out from a range of mountains, a beautiful grove of trees below, and a hut alongside a streaming lake is every child’s first painting. For adventures like trekking to relaxing vacations, a range of mountains is a preferred location for many. If that’s not all, many of the Hindu pilgrims In India are located in the mountains. So, recently when I got the chance to pick a book on the subject, I grabbed it. So glad that this book Nanda Devi by Sandeep Madadi opened new dimensions of the mountain world for me.
The book based on this less talked about mountain Nanda Devi, written by Sandeep Madadi includes first-hand expedition accounts and some real and rare copyright images of the Nanda Devi. Though the pictures are black and white they truly capture the essence of their beauty.
About the Book: Nanda Devi by Sandeep Madadi
There are mountains, particularly in some ranges of the Indian Himalayas, that have grown taller in our minds. Many of them are made taller, tougher, and almost legendary by an intricate veil of mythology and mystery around them. Add a rich legacy of heroic explorations, epic ascents, tragic accidents, and a generous dash of romanticism to that and you have Nanda Devi.
For reasons known yet unexplained -plutonium or pollution, political or practical – since 1983, Nanda Devi and its sanctum sanctorum remain out of bounds. This is a narrative of mountain travel and exploration set in the backdrop of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary that offers a vigorous description of men as much as the mountains. The intertwined narrative of this book attempts to take you on a voyage into the forbidden Inner sanctuary, back to those good old days, reflecting on the prior explorations, mythology, wildlife, and the native hill tribe culture.
- BOOK: Nanda Devi by Sandeep Madadi
- ISBN-10 : 1513683896
- ISBN-13 : 978-1513683898
- LANGUAGE: English
- PRINT LENGTH : 200 pages
- BOOK FORMAT: Paperback
- PUBLISHER: Rumour Books India; Family Edition (20 July 2022)
- Amazon buy link for Nanda Devi by Sandeep Madadi
About the Author: Sandeep Madadi
Sandeep Madadi is a wannabe but a never-been mountaineer because he was never good enough to be one. Like a bad workman who always blames his tools, he attributes it to his terrible sense of direction. At best, he would have become a hillwalker which he did, eventually. But that’s not bad at all for someone who was always the last to be picked for his school’s soccer team where he lived up to the reputation as he went on to score his only goal for the other team. History and the Himalayas are his two obsessive interests. When not working on his desk job, he is daydreaming about his next remote trek in the Himalayas. Climbing may not be his forte, but writing certainly is.
Overall thoughts about the Book: Nanda Devi by Sandeep Madadi
I am a winter born, and no wonder experiencing snow, glaciers, and mountains gives me goosebumps. With its serene beauty and mystery, everything about white mountains attracts me more than anything. I have visited most of the pilgrims and hill stations during vacations since childhood. So, I might get a little biased that everything about the book- the cover, the words, and the expedition journey was an amazing experience to read. The cherry on the cake was
- the collection of rare pictures shared by the author at the end of the book.
- a long bibliography with reference links to some important posts and articles on the subject.
- the in-depth detail about Nanda Devi -like information about the peak, the expeditions that were taken there, how it stopped later, and much more.
- the narration is absolutely impressive and flawless, taking you straight to the adventure ride.
Rating 4/5 Stars
If you are a traveler, wanderer, or just love mountains in general, you would definitely enjoy the book. If you are not one of them, reading this book is going will make you fall in love with the mountains for sure. So do not miss this book, get your copy from amazon.in.
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