Today in this part of the world, nature decided to surprise us with a hailstorm. While sipping a hot cup of ginger-infused tea I finished reading “Nanda Devi-Sandeep Madadi”. Before I start writing about the book, I guess, it is important to tell you that having my roots in Uttrakhand made me connect with the book more. I have grown up listening to the stories of mountains, deities, nature’s miracles,s and the humility of locals there.
My parents have lived half of their life in the mountains while I have visited our grandparent’s place only a handful of times. To be honest, I regret not exploring the mountains more. This year’s resolution includes visiting, exploring, and connecting with my roots, and ancestral places. I want my kids to not only experience the scenic beauty of this place but also remember the food and rich culture our parents have tried to inculcate in us.
I digress, there is so much more I want to write about my parent’s contrasting experience of living in two different worlds but I will keep that for the next post. Today is all about a book that was sent to me via blogchatter’s book review program.
Book: Nanda Devi Author: Sandeep Madadi Genre: Commentary Format: Paperback, 131 pages
Here is what I loved about this book
I am not a fan of reading facts and figures when it comes to books, my world of books is generally woven around fiction as a genre. This was my introduction to books that inculcate factual figures, information, and pictures. Nanda devi by Sandeep Madadi is a book that will make you fall in love with the picturesque beauty of mountains. It will also leave you with a sense of fear with the magnanimity of nature’s creation. The mystery, his love for mountains, and stories of the author’s own trekking journey are quite interesting to read. It’s a short read and never digresses from the theme that is set from the first page of the book. One of my favorite parts to read in this book was the warmth of the people and the emotions of the trip.
From the Garhwal Himalaya range, Nanda devi is the second-highest mountain in India. The folklore around naming this mountain is quite an interesting one too. Reading about all the stories of people the author met was beautiful. The flawless narration and impressive writing style gave me a handy reading experience.
“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.” – Nanda Devi by Sandeep Madadi
Here is what could have been better
When stories are interesting you crave more and I had a similar experience with this book. I would love to read a longer version of the author’s trekking or travel experiences.
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