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Pratishtha Chaurasia
" What a man gains in cleverness he may lose in spiritual perception; "

Dr. Kshitija
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"But of all my memories, distinct or vague, one memory stands pre-eminent: the silence. I have remarked before this silence of the high mountains. How many who read this have experienced silence? I do not mean the silence of the British countryside or even of the northern hills or moorlands, for though we may strain our ears and hear nothing there is always life not far distant. I mean the silence of dead places where not even a plant grows or a bird dwells. That day there was no wind, not the l ...more
Santanu Dutta
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The first description of the his accidental finding of the valley of flowers located deep in the Himalayas amidst a blizzard is really a novel reading experience. The author has traveled to the place afterwards for a couple of times for mountaineering in the nearby mountains including the Mana and Neelkantha Peaks.
Although most mountaineering efforts resulted in failures if we consider climbing a peak as success, the book is a live account of the vast scenario of the region, the flora, the faun
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Nature is honest, there is no meanness in her composition, she has no time for fools, there is no place in her code for weaklings and degenerates. Out of her strength we gather our own strength. And it is good to be strong, to be able to endure, not as a brute beast, but as a thinking man imbued with the spirit of a great ideal."
Neeraj Mishra
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read it during my travel from Delhi to Kathgodam and then further when camping at Sari Village near Chopta/Kedarnath. It's mostly about Frank Sydney Smith's time spent in the Garhwal himalaya and his subsequent successful and failed summit attempts of other mountain peaks in the Nanda Devi National park.. post his successful ascent of the Kamet in 1931, discovering the Bhyunder Valley of flower !
Overall an easy read, with technical details when scaling the peaks, part of which I didn't like.. ov
Vishnu Menon malayattil
The book is set in that period when European interest in himalayan mountaineering gained the status of an international competition. In 1931 a British expedition claimed Mt Kamet, and was returning back to base, when serendipity struck and they stumbled upon what is presently known as the valley of flowers. The valley of flowers is ensconced between Bhyunder village and the Alakananda valley and sits in pretty view of many major Garhwal peaks. Holdsworth, a botanist, who was part of that group o ...more
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visit to Valley of Flowers 1 3 Apr 17, 2017 11:43AM  
Francis Sydney Smythe, better known as Frank Smythe or F. S. Smythe, was an English mountaineer, author, photographer and botanist. He is best remembered for his mountaineering in the Alps as well as in the Himalayas, where he identified a region that he named the "Valley of Flowers", now a protected park. His ascents include two new routes on the Brenva Face of Mont Blanc, Kamet, and attempts on ...more