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Kaushik Barua on Windhorse

Kaushik Barua’s first novel Windhorse is a fictional account of the Tibetan armed struggle against China. Through the lives of two Tibetans – one born in Tibet and witness to Chinese atrocities, and another, born in exile – he tells a modern tale of identity crisis that many young exile Tibetans face today, and of … Continue reading

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The professionals

Tenzin Dorjee was one of the first Tibetan exiles to train in photography, at Rochester Institute of Technology in the US.  Now based in Canada where he shoots for a Toronto city magazine, he recently visited India to work on a series of portraits of Tibetans in different occupations. He spoke to Moonpeak about the … Continue reading

Tibetans assert identity with cross-border protest

A movement that outsmarts Chinese authorities by promoting Tibetan culture has crossed the Himalayas and is gathering strength in India Many people visit Dharamshala to get an experience of Tibetan culture, which has been under severe strain since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in the 1950s. For decades, exiled Tibetans have gone to great lengths … Continue reading

A cosy day walk from Bhagsu Nag

Four of us trekked up above Bhagsu Nag on Sunday and crossed a ridge below Triund for spectacular views of McLeodganj, Dharamshala and Khaniara. The trek, which begins at the Shiva Café just above the Bhagsu waterfall, makes a pleasant – and shorter – alternative to the Triund trek, which can get a bit overcrowded these days. … Continue reading

Cooking for a better world

Christina Julius write this article for her blog during the travel writing course. Nice work!

First time paragliding? Try the Himalayas

“Cross wind,” said the boy beside me as he sniffed the breeze. “Cross wind not good. We want straight wind.” Five minutes later, Ravi muttered the same words as he untangled the thin threads linking his harness to the expanse of colourful nylon lying on the grass. “Cross wind.” Another five minutes passed as the … Continue reading

Shooting by candlelight

There have been several candlelight vigils in Dharamshala marking a series of recent self-immolations in Tibet to protest Chinese rule. Covering these events presents particular challenges to the photographer. Here is some advice on how to photograph under such low light conditions.   Use fast lenses preferably with maximum apertures of f1.8 or larger. Usually … Continue reading

Indrahara Pass trek – McLeodganj to Bharmaur

OVER THE HILLS The trek from McLeodganj to Bharmaur takes about a week and is not for the faint-hearted. But the rewards are spectacular, and arachnophobes should do just fine. Eight of us set out for Bharmaur – Wendy, Neil, Dave, Claire, Ramesh, Jaggi, Pappu and me – a motley crew assembled in McLeodganj over … Continue reading

Aman Sharma, cricket photographer

Some people just make it look so easy. Amritsar-based photojournalist Aman Sharma got his break in photography when he was still in school, shooting for AP on a compact camera. From there he moved into sports photography, covering everything from the ICC Cricket World Cup to the Beijing Olympics. In town last month to shoot … Continue reading

Something in the coffee?

AP photo/Ashwini Bhatia In Dharamshala for the Indian Premier League cricket tournament last month, former Australian batsman and wicketkeeper supreme Adam Gilchrist dropped by Moonpeak Espresso to say a quick g’day. Gilchrist was a regular at the café when he visited Dharamshala in April 2010 (below). He scored a match-winning 106 (above) the day after he … Continue reading