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Nindia 2013

Nindia is short for Nepal and India, a 20 week trip we did in the first half of 2013.

We started and finished in Mumbai, travelling via Karnataka, Hampi and Hyderabad to the shores of Orissa before heading North to Nepal where we stayed 2 months, with a long trek in the Everest region.

From Kathmandu, we toured Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh before catching our plane back home.

A vibrant and tiring trip, full of impressions and memories.

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Some books about India and Nepal

The following collection of books and remarks is rather haphazard: it's simply a cross-section of those we have read (or used). However, they're by no means the only ones (or perhaps even the best ones) in their respective fields.

The Ramayana

This is one of the two great epics of India and a cultural and religious cornerstone. Ramayana translates loosely as “Rama's Journey”; it tells the story of King Rama (an incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu) and his wife Sita, who is abducted by Ravana, king of Sri Lanka. After many travails, she is found and rescued by Rama and his friends, among whom we find Lakshmana, his brother, and Hanuman, a valiant monkey general with his own army of monkeys. The original consists of 24,000 verses; fortunately, there are quite a few modern prose editions (the one we have is based on a BBC TV series and graced by many colourful paintings like this one). Incidentally, the Ramayana is also well-known and well-loved in Nepal and many south-east Asian countries, like Thailand (Royal palaces there are often adorned with hundreds of frescoes about Rama and his exploits) and Cambodia (Angkor Wat is home to some incredible Ramayana-based bas reliefs).



Also recommended are biographies about Gandhi (for instance his own “The Story of My Experiments with Truth”, perhaps complemented by a more modern analysis of this complex character), Jawaharlal Nehru (his autobiography and also “The Discovery of India” are very readable) and of course Indira Gandhi (I recommend “Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi”, by Katherine Frank).

Early Nepal Treks


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