Himalaya Bound


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Pegasus Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.25 X 0.54 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Benanav writes and photographs for the travel section of The New York Times and other national publications, including Sierra and Lonely Planet. He has also worked as a mountain and desert guide in the American West. He lives in northern New Mexico.


"The author makes a strong case that the careful use of resources by the nomads actually improves the ecology. The personal relationships the author forms here are what makes Himalaya Bound so enriching, so join this migration yourself. The rewards are there to be harvested."--The Providence Journal

"An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies."--Kirkus Reviews

"At its core the issue is how we conceive of nature: as necessarily separate from humans, or as bound up with those who have shaped it. This debate is playing out as Benanav arrives in the Shivaliks, as it will for much of the journey. At stake is not just the year's migration but the future of the family and the tribe's way of life. A tender and timely portrait."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A perceptive account. Evocative and full of drama. Himalaya Bound is an important contribution to mountain narratives, along with being a compelling memoir of understanding between cultures. At heart, this is a story of friendship and trust, told with the kind of integrity and compassion that often seems absent in our world today." --Biblio: A Review of Books

"A deeply personal account and an important testimony to a way of life--and a way of interacting with animals--that is under a lot of pressure not only in India but around the world. Don't miss this unique and immensely readable tale about people that do more for animal welfare than anybody else." --The Hindustan Times

"A rare glimpse into the hidden world of a tribe of vegetarian Muslims who risk their lives for their animals." --The Times of India

"Compassionate, sensitive, and keenly attuned to the challenges confronted by traditional ways of life around the world. Benanav forces us to ask important questions about the relationship between man and nature in India today." --Akash Kapur, author of India Becoming

"Closely observed and sympathetically told, Benanav captures the very best of modern-day travel writing. Benanav serves as the very best of guides on this most unique of journeys." --Oliver Balch, author of India Rising

"Captivating. Poignant. Inspiring. Benanav proffers an extraordinary insight into the lives of an age-old tribal culture and the multifarious challenges it faces in 21st-century India." --Sarina Singh, The Lonely Planet Guidebook to India

"An enchanting read, Himalaya Bound is a great and important book providing insight into a vanishing way of life." --Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, author of Camel Karma: Twenty Years Among India's Camel Nomads