This profusely illustrated travelogue booklet is a living element of gripping story of Mansarovar and Kailash. It is a tale about fancies and fears, adventures and aspirations, expectations and disillusions, escapes and retreats experienced by the adventurous pilgrimage team. This is a story of an unforgettable odyssey to the holy Mount Kailash and the sacred Lake Mansarovar describing mysteries connected with the land capturing the intangible air of faith and pilgrimage. This travelogue takes us on a journey to the wild, seldom travelled northern route visiting the re-mote cities, towns and monasteries of Tibet. It is a tale of a group of pilgrims who aspire to see Gods living in the wilderness of the remote holy land. This is an engrossing, touching and remarkable account of a picturesque travel with nice imagery describing majestic mountains, turquoise lakes and virgin rivers of Tibet. Written in a brilliant style, it is a dramatic record that succeeds in imparting onto the reader some of the intensely experienced emotions that will remain long in memory.
NILESH D. NATHWANI was born in Jinja, Uganda, at the end of the Second World War in 1945. Deeply influenced by the radicals of the Indian freedom fighters, B.G. Tilak and Sri Aurobindo, he went to live at Pondicherry where he learnt French. Since 1973, he is living in the beautiful city of Vienna.
On an October evening in 1999, at a marriage reception in London, I unexpectedly bumped into Kunj Trivedi, a friend from Kenya. I was surprised to meet him after so many years. More surprising than that was when he invited me to join him on an excursion to Tibet. The excursion was planned for April-May 2000, to take maximum advantage of good weather. The idea was to drive across Tibet to the holy mountain of Kailash and to the legendary lake Mansarovar where scores of spiritual men of India have acquired realization. The offer was a tribute to me as much as an accredited accolade to a soldier. I am a born pilgrim. I call myself a pilgrim of this world since I love to see God in nature. Nature for me is the dynamic face of the Ultimate Reality that is immutable. Such adventures have constantly excited me and never would I let an opportunity like this be put aside. The group was to have a maximum of seven persons and would be led by an experienced mountaineer of Mumbai, Harish Kapadia. It is difficult to get Harish as a leader. He is as busy as a bee, travelling and leading numerous international mountaineers. Still, he agreed to lead these amateur trackers, as he is Kunj Trivedi's friend Kunj 'himself is an avid photographer of a very high calibre. His 1998 calendar entitled CATS, won him international fame amongst photographers and friends. The calendar consists of the most brilliant photos of wildlife I have ever seen. In, this mission Kunj's aim was to take splendid photos of Kailash and Mansarovar. The expedition costs were high, though for this price utmost precision, panache and planning was offered. My 65 years of youth would also easily cope, Kunj assured me. I needed only to agree. This was almost a compliment to me and I agreed instantly. We needed one more companion. I straightaway thought of Nilesh Nathwani in Vienna. Nilesh is not a very easy person to put up with. His thinking is different. He always comes up with new ideas at very odd moments, just as a magician pulls a rabbit out of the hat, unexpected. He has some plus points. He writes, takes nice photos and has a poetic eye to see, feel and describe nature. In his odd mood, he may decide to write a record of the yatra that he may publish, even when no one wants him to do so. He also sings, though never for a long time. His voice is neither a pleasure nor a pain to the ear. He has a macabre sense of humor. Yet he is kind, considerate and caring. So without hesitation I phoned him. I knew he would not dismiss the offer to be a part of this once in a lifetime venture. And I was right. Nilesh agreed without a second thought. Now that the team was set, I set out to do my home-work. Regular training at the local gym was imperative. This included half an hour of running on the track, half an hour of cycling and half an hour of bodybuilding. This went on until April 2000 with utmost discipline. At the same time the hunt to find all the available literature and maps on Kailash and Mansarovar continued. This occupied not just myself but the rest of the group, too. Disappointingly, not much literature was available. Bookshops did not offer much. Offers from Amazon.com were also not gratifying. We were looking for something from the Indian point of view, something that blended travel and philosophy. A lot of books were available on mountaineering and more than enough on Everest. Kailash and Mansarovar remained in obscurity. We got some information and photos from our group leader. Later on we found that the lack of literature and information was normal. While on our way back from Mansarovar we met a group of Indians - doctors and barristers - who were on their way to Kailash. They also lacked information. They asked us all sorts of questions. Whether we had seen some white swans swimming in Mansarovar or if the lake had lotus blooms. There is nothing like at Mansarovar and yet there is much more. Mansarovr is half frozen even in summer and there are no inhabitants around the lake except for nomads on the move. Thre are neither temples nor pundits who off to do your pujas. Still, not enough can be experienced or said. **Contents and Sample Pages**
Item Code: NAT269 Author: Nilesh D. Nathwani Cover: PAPERBACK Edition: 2002 Publisher: New Age Books ISBN: 9788178220444 Language: ENGLISH Size: 8.50 X 5.50 inch Pages: 100 (Throuhgout Color Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 0.32 Kg