Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Writers Festival Part 2

Everyone enjoys the tea breaks, morning and afternoon. On Friday, they were held in the High School flagpole area, a popular sunny spot just outside the Parker Hall Auditorium. The Cambridge Book Shop from Kulri Bazaar set up a store that stocked many books by the presenters, as well as other local authors.

Here are Darab Nagarwalla '80 and current staff and Harish Kapadia, local well-known mountaineer and writer, enjoying tea. Note that the tea is served in unfired clay cups. These used to be the standard way tea was served on the trains. Unfortunately, they now use plastic.

After tea break Pia Singh, a Garhwal native, talked about her treks crossing the Garhwal Himalayas. These mountains contain the four sacred sources of the River Ganges, Yumnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. If you are interested in learning more about this area, read Stephen Alter's book Sacred Waters.

Susan Hunt is an Australian adventurer who has done many things, from extreme kayaking in Borneo, to climbing Everest. She said she does it to put herself outside her comfort zone. For some of us, that is very far out! Her presentation focused on answering the questions that she receives over and over. For example, they take Immodium before taking off on the last part of a trek to avoid stopping unnecessarily.

View of Everest Base Camp

Melting ice for water on Everest

Dr. V.K. Sashindran is a philatelic expert. He gave an overview of stamps from around the world that feature mountains. Everest and Mount Fuji are the most iconic.

A few of the Everest stamps from a variety of countries

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