Journey to the Hills and other Stories

Journey to the Hills and other Stories

by Divyaroop Bhatnagar (2 reviews, add another)
Type: Print Book
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Children
Language: English
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Description of "Journey to the Hills and other Stories"

Named after a Himalayan flowering bush commonly found in these hills, Mussoorie was established in the early part of the 19th Century. Largely shunned by the British aristocracy, Mussoorie society in the 19th Century comprised of English businessmen and Box Wallahs with Indian princes and wealthy merchants thrown in for good measure. Things began to change after independence in 1947. The British left and many of their larger mansions were bought by wealthy businessmen from Calcutta and Bombay. Smaller houses were also bought by professionals from UP and Delhi. These stories are largely set in the Mussoorie of the 1960’s. The British had long gone but many of their traditions and institutions still lingered. An army band played in the evenings at the Band Stand near the public library. Miss Mussoorie contests were still the highlight of the season though the contestants were no longer the white ‘missy log’ . The schools – Waverly Convent, St. George’s, Woodstock and many others were thriving. Families still took long summer vacations and there was no television and hectic activity to disturb the quiet flow of life. So, dear reader, enjoy the gentle charms of a forgotten time.

About the author(s)

Divyaroop (Debu) Bhatnagar is a graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Kolkata in India. After working for many years in Marketing and as a CEO he now runs his own consultancy company. He lives with his wife Devi in Gurgaon near Delhi. Write to him at journeytothehills@gmail.com

Book Details
Number of Pages: 
5 inch x 7 inch
Interior Pages: Black & White
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)
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Reviews of "Journey to the Hills and other Stories"
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Re: Journey to the Hills and other Stories by Mark Windsor
6 October 2018 - 6:57am

This was a really lovely short read about a place I love. It was great to see the hill station through the eyes of another and discover shared experiences.

Re: Journey to the Hills and other Stories by nandukulkarni3
6 January 2013 - 7:25pm

The stories in Journey to the Hills are simple and uncomplicated accounts of a family's holidays in the hills of Mussourie. There are no heroes or villains, just simple folk, and Debu brings the characters and places to life with his evocative descriptions. This makes the book enjoyable reading. My guess is that the family he has described is his own family and Debu is the exctable and energetic kid, Nanhe!

Nandu Kulkarni

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