The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills
The Green Unknown is about walking, without a map or a plan, across the Khasi Hills in the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya—a place of jungle canyons and thousand-foot waterfalls, where it rains more than any other inhabited place in the world, where each village has its own dialect or even its own language, and where the people grow living bridges from the roots of tre...more
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The Green Unknown is about walking, without a map or a plan, across the Khasi Hills in the Northeast Indian state of Meghalaya—a place of jungle canyons and thousand-foot waterfalls, where it rains more than any other inhabited place in the world, where each village has its own dialect or even its own language, and where the people grow living bridges from the roots of trees. The book is an attempt to express what it’s like trying to explore, mile by mile, village by villa ...more
This book is just what the title implies--travels in the Khasi Hills. It's very much like a travelogue, where Patrick tells us about his exploits through these not often toured areas and the people he meets along the way.
At times the narrative did not seem to flow well. This was due to the fact that the stories being told, while all concerning the same traveler and his interest in root bridges, were not necessarily all connected ...more
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The Green Unknown by Patrick Rogers
My mum is a voracious reader and when she is out of books to read, she downloads random books on Kindle. This was one of those books she downloaded and read, a book about an American's travels in Meghalaya looking for living root bridges.
At first, the concept of the book seemed boring to me. But when my mom finished reading it and told me how much she enjoyed reading it, I was intrigued to try it. And I wasn't disappointed! In fact, ...more
The story of the author as he travels through the remote areas of India. I've read other works from other authors of similar areas and this author describes the area in such detail you feel as if you are there.
Love the information i learned about living root bridges and jackfruit and benefits of each and how they make money by selling parts. Comical parts about WWE, who knew! Scenery as described along with traditional tribes and th ...more
This book was absolutely captivating from beginning to end. I had always thought that I wasn't interested in India, but this was about a part of India that I knew nothing about. It was so interesting. Patrick's detailed descriptions of this beautiful land really made me feel like I was transported to another place. The people, the landscapes, the homes, the food, a ...more
He told of the long slippery stairs to villages, hundreds of rock stairs that were brutally treacherous on the way down. He shared what ...more
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These, in short, are living bridges, many some hundreds of years old, created from the living roots of the Ficus Elastic tree. The roo ...more
This book reminded me of the fun I had learning about other cultures in my college anthropology classes. I think it will appeal to anyone with a hunger for knowledge about the world and the diverse people who populate it.
The book flip-flopped between reading like a narrative with specific anecdotes about the author's travels and experiences and more textbook-sounding informative sections. These differences in writing style were made all the more pronoun ...more
The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills follow Patrick Rogers as he explores Meghalaya, a remote state of Northeastern India. Proving a complete and immersive experience, the reader can easily visualize his journeys for themselves.
I’ve always been fascinated by Asia, but India is a country I know far too little about. This book drew me in from the beginning and did not disappoint.
The initial focus is on ‘living-ro ...more
Patrick describes himself as a trekker and documenter of the living root bridges—bridges created from the roots of the living ficus elastica tree, a form of rubber tree. Over years of cultivation some of the tree roots have been guided over rivers and ch ...more
This book was a very fun and informative read. In the preface, Rogers says that the read may feel a little disorienting since it parallels his own adventures, but I was never lost. It was easier to follow along than he made it sound. Because the book is written from his perspective, with him including his mistakes and troubles, it actually makes learning about the area a lot more interesting and fun. It's one thing to be told about kwai and its potential side effe ...more
I came across this book with an interesting summary. A tourist making his way in the state of Meghalaya all by himself without a proper map or guide. I've never been to the scenic escapade so thought of picking this book to understand the authors perspective of a state in India which is one among the six sisters. Best part I got this book for just Rs. 9 on Kindle.
The authors quest is to see nature's marvel i.e. Living root bridges which is one of its kind and found in the s ...more
From the very first page the author leads the reader through lush green, densely forested landscapes of the Khasi hills region of Meghalaya - "land of the clouds". His interactions with the villagers is very well captured, and his description of the land is simply enthralling. I dream of trekking in the Khasi hills someday and Patrick Rodgers book has goaded me to work towards this.
Thanks for the opportunity!
Disclaimer: I was awarded this book from the author. Though I did not pay for the book, the opinions are strictly my own.
Actually I bought this book because of its attractive price....but its really a good travelogue ...worth reading ...very interesting to know about Meghalaya and the supernatural beliefs of the locals such as the stories of the Thlen,water monsters, pinapple curses etc.... The author has an in-depth knowledge about Indias north east....worth reading
I received a free copy from the author, Patrick Rogers, in exchange for an honest review
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I know very little about India, and even less than that about the slice of Earth that the author was exploring. I did not even know that these living root bridges were a thing. I'm a prime example of what Jack Dawson would refer to as an "indoor girl".
I'm going to get the negative out of the way right now, since ...more