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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Stephen Alter

Alter is the author of 16 books of fiction and non-fiction. He lives and writes in Mussoorie.

Diwali Special: A writer dwells on being at home in the world
Sun, Oct 31, 2021

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.

How do you nudge a child to a lifelong desire of learning?
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Successful education crosses disciplinary boundaries and helps a student make connections between aspiration and reality

Why the Chipko movements was truly a people’s movement
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

Historian Shekhar Pathak’s book connects Chipko to 19th century colonial environmental laws and modern regional politics

How will we tell the story of COVID-19?
Sun, May 03, 2020

Some illnesses are little more than anecdotes. Others grow into parables and allegories, and some become epics.

For tigers to regain some dominion over the jungles, it is essential their habitat remain as wild as possible
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

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.

Fatal ascents
Wed, Jun 05, 2019

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

A warlord who eats humans to fabulous creatures: The many tales from the Himalayas
Sun, May 05, 2019

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.

Yeti Sheti: There is something appealing about the idea of an undiscovered creature lurking out of sight
Thu, May 02, 2019

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.

Centre of the Earth: Why trees are better than us and deserve greater respect
Sun, Apr 22, 2018

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.

Save Me a Lake
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

Officials and communities must come together to save Dodital in Uttarakhand from the clutches of unregulated tourism.

The Tao of Travel
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

In this age of relentless social media updates, how does one get off the grid and make travel meaningful?

The Hills are Alive
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

A window to the Garhwal mountains, Ganesh Saili’s book is also a journey that is at once personal and historical

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On the Green Mile
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

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.

Memories are made of these
Sun, Dec 14, 2014

Snowy Mussoorie nights, the family under one roof and chocolates before breakfast. Author Stephen Alter revisits the Christmas of his childhood.