Alter is the author of 16 books of fiction and non-fiction. He lives and writes in Mussoorie.
Diwali is about the end of exile and coming home to a circle of love and warmth. Yet, home can also be a place of inequality, less a refuge, more a place of constraint. In these difficult, polarising times that force us to re-examine our relationships — both with people and with places — we look at the ways they have reshaped our ideas of home.
Successful education crosses disciplinary boundaries and helps a student make connections between aspiration and reality
Historian Shekhar Pathak’s book connects Chipko to 19th century colonial environmental laws and modern regional politics
Some illnesses are little more than anecdotes. Others grow into parables and allegories, and some become epics.
Human beings need to be excluded from the limited percentage of forested land that has been designated for wildlife preservation. Most conservationists have long recognised that forest-dependent communities must be part of the solution.
Mountaineering is a perilous, sometimes fatal, pursuit. For those who take part in this sport, it is a risk they accept as part of a transcendent and sometimes tragic fascination for high places
Himalayan rocks have many stories to tell — from the mangled contours formed out of tectonic pressure to fossilised ammonites that died out with the dinosaurs.
The truth is, nobody can prove that the Yeti doesn’t exist simply because it hasn’t been found. Many of us believe in a lot of things for which there is no empirical evidence.
On Earth Day, we look at trees — that life force which keeps us moored and reminds us why the miracle of nature will always remain a gift unsurpassed.
Officials and communities must come together to save Dodital in Uttarakhand from the clutches of unregulated tourism.
In this age of relentless social media updates, how does one get off the grid and make travel meaningful?
A window to the Garhwal mountains, Ganesh Saili’s book is also a journey that is at once personal and historical
Walk and discover the world. Our two legs were designed to carry us forward just as our minds are programmed to explore new places. Most of all, you will find a Rs 100-note can go longer than you thought possible.
Snowy Mussoorie nights, the family under one roof and chocolates before breakfast. Author Stephen Alter revisits the Christmas of his childhood.