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The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  31 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 140 pages
Published September 18th 2017 by Westland
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Amalia Gavea
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india, non-fiction, travel
"Closer together,tiny groups of twinkling lights, glowing like star clusters,appeared as night fell.Dozens of villages seemed to hang in the moonlight itself.I didn't know their names but like Riwar, and like Katarshnong,I knew that each one was its own world, with its own history and myths,own its own joys and sorrows, its own heroes and villains.They looked like such little places, yet no one person knew everything they contained."

India. The mention of the name brings to mind countless pictu
Bill Door
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating book about a man who's been all over the North Eastern state of India, lots of interesting interactions with locals, notes about environment and wildlife - it had it all for a travel log. Longer review to come later!
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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
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Interestingly, I read this title while I was traveling myself. It's only 140 pages, so it was a wonderful passtime for me on the bus on the way back from a vacation. My destination wasn't as interesting as the one in the book though! The Green Unknown tells us about the Khasi hills, which might be better known to you by the living root bridges that can be found there! What are living root bridges? You know what they are – they're those amazing ones built out of tree roots in the middle of the ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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
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Madhulika Liddle
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Travel writing can be as fraught with danger as the most adventurous of travel itself. There is the temptation to document every single thing that one came across on one’s travels. There is the equally great temptation to show off just how much one knows, and to fill up the travelogue with fantastic facts. There is the urge, far too often given in to by newbies (and some not-newbies) to talk down to the people back home in a condescending way. Look where I’ve been, look what I’ve seen.

Which is
Neha Prasad
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant effort by Patrick to chronicle the known and unknown living root bridges in Meghalaya. One will be surely consumed by wanderlust while reading his month long journey to the remotest villages to accumulate the knowledge of creating and preserving these botanical architectures.
Aditi Varma
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Green Unknown by Patrick Rogers
Rating: 3.5/5

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,
Julie Barrett
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers
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
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is an interesting little book, easing you gently into the Khasi Hills, rambling at times, and very sincere throughout. Patrick Rogers approaches his journey with humility, and talks of his interests (root bridges) and his friends in the hills with genuine warmth. The writing goes off on a tangent at times, and the book isn't necessarily well-structured, but the hills absorb you completely. What the book sorely lacks is good editing - it's hard to forgive some glaring errors. On the whole, R ...more
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love travel memoirs. I used to read quite a few but haven't read one in a long time. It was such a delight to get to read this one.

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
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THE GREEN UNKNOWN by Patrick Rogers is a climb into the past Literally. This trekker, who dared to go through jungles and over cliffs in Northeastern Inda, to places where some people had never seen foreigners before, revealed his enchantment through stunning color photographs. He also recounted his daily adventures in a breathtaking world of danger and beauty.

He told of the long slippery stairs to villages, hundreds of rock stairs that were brutally treacherous on the way down. He shared what
Sam Law
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asia, advice, travel
Patrick Rogers is truly an intrepid explorer. This book, 170 pages longs, and beautifully enhanced with some stunning photographs, mainly focuses on a little-known natural architectural form called living root bridges, set in a little-visited part of the world known as Meghalaya, in the Khasi Hills, in North East India.

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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
Rae Stabosz
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills is Patrick Rogers' first-person account of traveling by foot in northeast India in order to document the presence and locations of a rare architectural eco-wonder known as a "living root bridge." These are found only in northeast India. No comprehensive listing of them exists. It had been thought that they were few in number. But on previous travels in India, Rogers had heard rumors of the existence of far more root bridges than the few that had been ...more
LR Braden
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I would actually give this book 3.5 stars.

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
Guy Austin
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Patrick Rogers is a Trekker. A traveler, hiker, adventurer of a hidden and little known area of Northeastern India. The Khasi Hills are part of the Garo-Khasi range in the Indian state of Meghalaya, and is part of the Patkai range and of the Meghalaya subtropical forests eco region. Yes, it is a bit off the beaten path. The author of this book on the region shares with us his adventures and interactions with the people, their culture and language as he treks deeper into the region in search of i ...more
Skyler Boudreau
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Rosie Amber
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Green Unknown is a travel memoir. Author Patrick Rogers takes us to the North East India state of Meghalaya, to the Riwar area. This is an area which is far removed from the politics, administrative controls and religion of the rest of India.

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
Gail Pool
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Patrick Rogers began trekking in the Khasi Hills in northeastern India in 2010, and he has returned many times since, drawn by the beauty of the region, with its canyons, its waterfalls, its raging rivers, and, above, all its living root bridges. These extraordinary bridges, trained from the roots of the ficus elastica, can reach a length of nearly 200 feet and rise almost 100 feet above the streams they span. They are, the author says, “among the world’s exceedingly few examples of architecture ...more
Rachel Noel
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Gift copy for an honest review.

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
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here’s a fact about me that you probably don’t know: I have zero sense of direction. Like, I need to use my GPS to be able to find the correct major highways to get to my friend’s house… even though I’ve been there several times. I once got lost in the woods behind my house and made a seven-mile circle as I looked for the correct trail. Right after I got my driver’s license, I tried to visit my grandma who lived about 120 miles northwest. I somehow ended up 70 miles northeast, bawling on the sid ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Geographical Delight

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
Bryanna Plog
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a solid “worth the read” and allows the reader to experience a small region of northern India that few Westerners ever get to. The book reads much like a travelogue from the early 1900s, where the author has to explain in anthropological fashion what he sees around him. This mostly works as I, like most readers, has no context for the Khasi Hills in northern India. Chapters switch between this more academic look at the region and the author’s own travels. Read to widen your knowled ...more
Sudarshan S
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vivid description of Khasi landscape and culture

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.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Do you enjoy traveling and exploring new places? This may be the book for you! When I was reached out to about this book, I agreed because it sounded interesting. This book was a quick read with lots of information in it. I enjoyed learning about all of the new places. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a quick read to getaway!

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.
Moro Rogers
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book about a part of the world most folks know very little about, full of wonders like giant living root bridges and tribespeople whose names are songs. Rogers is often hilarious (and apparently borderline insane!) as he describes forays into remote Khasi villages, some of which have never seen a westerner. Touches upon natural beauty, tadpole-eating, WWE, and misadventures in betel nut appreciation!
Nitin Bhandarkar
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is a travelogue in the North East Indian state of Meghalaya, known for its verdant beauty and the famed root bridges. The narration of the exploratory treks, interactions with the local people and experiences of the local culture and habits has been well narrated but nothing too captivating.
Gouri Shankar
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting...

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
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Very interesting read. Full review to come.


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
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