The Original Dirt Bike

All four fingers on my left hand squeeze the clutch as the heel of my right boot kicks the gearshift into first.  The other hand and foot are poised on the brakes, a synchronized choreography of man and machine. 

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July 4, 2015 | The Indian Quarterly

The Rule of Awe

Stephen Alter explores his changing relationship with the mountains he was born in, as a climber, survivor and seeker.

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July 12, 2015 | The Indian Quarterly

In Transit

Stephen Alter remembers an era when transcontinental travel meant ships, horses and family time.

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October 29, 2015 | The Huffington Post

Becoming a Mountain

“Fixed rope” is a flimsy euphemism for thirty meters of braided nylon, half the diameter of my little finger.

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January 28, 2016 | The Huffington Post

The Rataban Betrayal

In the shadow of the Himalayas, an anonymous and sinister killer is stalking a contemporary saint who delivers …

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July 3, 2016 | The Hindu

A Cry from the Mountains

The story of Hindi poet Mangalesh Dabral, who was born in Tehri Garhwal in 1948 but for most of his career as a journalist lived and worked in Delhi …

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July 17, 2015 | Business Line

A Place of One’s Own

For Stephen Alter the mountains of Mussoorie remain his compass — the needle that points to where he belongs

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September 24, 2016 | Livemint

Wild gazing in Africa and India

The difference between an African and Indian jungle safari tells you how the two countries look at wildlife

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September 29, 2016 | The Hindu

An American djinn

Trump is a nightmare conjured up by those who seek to turn Americans against themselves

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