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Trekking in northern Pakistan

Pakistan offers some of the best trekking in the world. The Karakoram, Himalaya and Hindu Kush ranges which dominate northern Pakistan are truly spectacular. They encompass soaring mountains of rock, ice and snow, huge sweeping glaciers, plateaux and high pastures … Continue reading

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Money is not what matters ( or why less is more)

One common belief is that the universe is pure abundance and all we need to do is to plug into an infinite supply of material wealth to abandon our scarcity-ridden mindset. Because money is there, it has to be spent. … Continue reading

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For long, hindu scriptures have glorified the trees

“Trees are like good people who care for others. They have to keep standing in the sun but they give shade to others. Whatever fruits they bear they do not eat themselves, but give them to others. How kind they … Continue reading

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What Gandhi said : take from the nature what is needed and no more

“The incessant search for material comforts and their multiplication is an evil. I make bold to say that the Europeans will have to remodel their outlook, if they do not want to perish under the weight of the comforts to which they … Continue reading

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Pakistan : an icy romance in the mountains of Baltistan

The irrigation water which sustains agriculture in Baltistan ( one of the main regions of northern Pakistan with 12 of the 30 highest recorded peaks in the world !) comes almost entirely from the melting of the glaciers. For the … Continue reading

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India : “religious fencing” to save the forest

It’s a strange sight so early in the misty morning. Draped in a tiger skin, a man walks ungainly along the hills. He is followed by a group of villagers who are beating drums, some of them are even chanting incomprehensible “shloka” (“shloka”are … Continue reading

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India : “the western economic model is highly toxic”

“The western economic model is highly toxic”. That’s what an Indian environmentalist said not long ago. He said also : “I hope we, Indians, have a better understanding of how nature functions”. It reminds me what a 15°-16° century indian guru … Continue reading

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