Partridge India Author| Mukul Mukherjee, Exploring “The Himalayas”
Partridge India introduces Mukul Mukherjee, author of Exploring “The Himalayas.”
Please briefly describe your book.
The adventure travelogue, Exploring “The Himalayas”, The Land of High Passes, Ladakh covers almost everything of the magical Landscape. Trip preparation, mode of journey, landscape and life of the people – as best as possibly can be known, are explained to the best of his knowledge. The book covers almost all the interesting distant places and villages of Ladakh. Each and every route has been well explained along with the challenged faced.
Riding through the dangerous Zoji La and the battle fields of Kargil he plunged into the wilderness of Suru Valley, crossing the vast snow desert to the most interior part of Ladakh, Zanskar. Taking head on the mighty Khardung La, he then rode across the beautiful sand dunes of Hunder towards the last village of the country, Turtuk, on Indo-Pak border located very close to Karakoram Range.
Meandering through the mighty Chang La and riding on the bank of mystically beautiful Pangong Tso towards Chushul on Indo-China border. He then continued to ride on the bank of Indus River through the painted mountains and high altitude desert to the highest observatory of Hanle.
He tracked his route witnessing the nomadic life of Karzok and magical lake, Tso Moriri and towards the high altitude wild life zone of Tso Kar. Continuing to ride through the famous Moore Plains and the deadliest Baralacha La to the heavenly beautiful Suraj Tal before tracing his route back to Delhi.
He ventured into nature in search of himself and documented his real life experience of riding through the unexplored areas of Ladakh and published it so that it became an easy-mini guide for likeminded travellers venturing into rarely explored regions of the Ladakh. The book is written for all book lovers and people who loves adventure & photography and also for people who would like to add spice to their life.
Who is the author “behind” the book?
I, Mukul Mukherjee, am a nature lover. I love being amidst nature’s bounty, reaching out to the interior places less traversed. I am a hard core traveller who loves riding. I am also an enthusiastic photographer with keen eyes for details and open to learning. My Nature Photography has earned an award.
I honed my skills as Manager Business Development in Engineering Consulting. I earned my MBA degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK. I have worked as a Software Engineer after completing my Engineering degree from India. And I have presented Technical papers on National Levels and have won awards at Intercollege meets during my engineering days.
Hailing from a small place, Bokaro Steel City in Jharkhand I have always wanted to do something different. My ability to think out of the box has given me a different dimension in life. My early education has been from Chinmaya Vidhyalaya. During my school days I also had a keen interest in playing cricket and have played for Bokaro district twice and also continued playing during my Engineering days.
Which influences have inspired you, with regard to your writing style and your book itself?
I am grateful to all, I call, family and friends, who stood by me while I ventured into nature in search of myself. They insisted I document my experience of riding through the unexplored areas of Ladakh and publish it. I was greatly inspired by Mr. Amish Tripathy for Shiva Trilogy series. He acknowledged me in his first book which ignited the burning desire in me to be an author someday.
I met a fellow passenger in the flight from Delhi to Bhubaneshwar just after my trip and he listened to my story and seeing the photographs he was the first to insist me to write a book.
Partridge India will return with Mukul Mukherjee in Part 2.