Himalayan Diary is a personal diary on life at Rakcham – a remote Himalayan Village nestled next to the Baspa River between majestic peaks and close to Tibet/China border. The local folks are nomadic who shift to warmer pastures during the severe winter. Rakcham is the real heaven in Kinnaur – hidden from civilization with primitive customs and rituals and a simple life-style.
We shifted to Rakcham from Mumbai in June 2010 with a desire to lead a natural life with very few amenities and facilities. The village does not have any bank, market, atm, newspaper and of all things a doctor or a medicine shop. We left many things behind but blessings in the form of abundance of nature and affection from the simple village folks around more than made up for us.
This diary is an attempt to capture the natural beauty, people, culture and heritage of Rakcham. The byline ‘ Reflections from the top – lined with lamb fat’ has been suggested by my childhood friend Avijit Ray.