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Peddling God

I had never thought that I would criticize aid coming into Pakistani flood victims. When I read about banned organizations offering aid, my first thought was “Great! All help welcome.” I got the reasoning about why they should be banned, though my thinking was that keeping people alive should have been more important. No one …

Strategy for dealing with stone pelting

Okay, so these teens insist they are attacking only the armed forces. Why not send a bunch of civilian volunteers to talk? Journalists, general adrenaline addicts… people who understand that there is a risk, but are willing to take it in the name of connecting with that bunch there. They can take along some stuff …

Chance booking as an Instructor in Adventure Camps in Manali

I first went to Manali as an adult in 1998. Vidyadhar Joshi, or as he is informally known as Kaka had started a new outdoor adventure company called The Outdoor People in partnership with Sunil Joshi (the owner of Great Outdoors – manufacturers of trekking and camping equipment) and was holding camps for children in …