Snapshot: Dhabas in the High Himalayas

21 November 2013

The sun dips in the high Himalayas and with it goes any sense of warmth, except for these dhabas that spring up along the fabled Manali-Leh Highway catering to those with a calling to ride in the sky and feel small in grand nature.

The Ibex dhaba here at Sarchu, up high at 4,330m (14,200 ft), provides warm paranthas and noodle soup for the weary rider.

[Shot in June 2013]

Visual Poetry: The Sutlej River Raging in the Fragile Himalayas

21 June 2013

the sutlej rages in the valley of kinnaur
the river is as rough as the landscape
the river is as fragile as the landscape
powerlines bisect in the name of progress
concrete dams attempt to harness nature
but blocking rivers have consequences
flash floods tear down the himalayas
the rivers are aggravated by treeless slopes
precious lives are taken
time to rethink our pact with nature

[photo taken on May 26, 2013 in Himachal Pradesh]