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Book Review – Facing Up by Bear Grylls

Facing Up by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls is regarded as one of the youngest Britons to climb Everest at the age of 23. Over the years since then, he has gone on to cross the North Atlantic in an open inflatable boat, led an expedition to one of the remotest unclimbed peaks in Antarctica and gone para-motoring over the Himalayas.

Facing Up: A remarkable journey to the summit of Mount Everest is his first book. Does it work? Let’s check it out.

The blurb goes like this:

At the age of twenty – three, Bear Grylls became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Having suffered a broken back only two years before in a freefall parachuting accident, he overcame incredible odds, not to mention great hardship and danger, to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Facing Up is the story of his adventure, his courage and humour, his friendship and faith. 

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Microblog Mondays: Bhutan’s journey to becoming carbon negative

Bhutan - The mysterious kingdom

Bhutan – The mysterious kingdom

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Bhutan is a tiny mountainous country landlocked far away in the Himalayas. Aided by it’s expensive visa policy for most tourists, Bhutan has largely stayed away from excessive commercialization in the name of tourism and has thus kept it’s mysterious aura intact.

72% of the country is covered in forests and this has helped it become a carbon sink rather than a carbon polluter. While it’s trees can absorb about 6 million tons of carbon per year, Bhutan only produces 1.5 million tons of carbon annually. Another key factor in helping it become carbon negative is importance given to Gross National Happiness (GNH) rather than Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

As part of GNH, one of the key initiatives was the pledge to not let forest cover go below 60%, ban logging and also encourage the use of hydroelectric power and other renewable energy sources. While this started off as a project to becoming carbon neutral, today Bhutan stands out as the only country in the world which is carbon negative. Moreover, GNH has been adopted into happiness surveys and reports in many other parts of the world.

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Six word story: Oman #AtoZChallenge

Sultanate of Oman - The jewel of Arabia

Sultanate of Oman – The jewel of Arabia

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An epitome of

peace and tranquillity.

I am participating in the A to Z challenge in April  and the theme I have chosen is Micro-fiction

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100 word fiction: That rainy night..

The rainy night..

The rainy night..

PHOTO PROMPT -© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

“If I don’t leave tonight, I wouldn’t be able to make it to the conference tomorrow.”

Though it was raining heavily, he decided to drive down much against his family’s wishes to wait till the next morning. The highway surrounded by mountains was prone to getting dangerous from landslides and other accidents during poor weather. But he was always up for challenges.

When he didn’t call the next morning, his parents filed a missing complaint at the police station. His body was found a few days later far away from his car which seemed to have fallen down a cliff.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

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Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – October – My post no 3 for this month.

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Oman Diaries: The journey to Jebel Shams

The journey begins!

On the way..

Rugged mountains, smooth winding roads, chilly breeze and a Land Cruiser Prado to boot – The ride to Jebel Shams was an adventure in every way. Located about 2-3 hours by road from Muscat – the capital of Sultanate of Oman and an hour away from the town of Nizwa, Jebel Shams (Sun Mountain) is the tallest point in the Hajar Mountains and at a height of more than 3000m, it is regarded as the tallest point in eastern Arabia. The beautiful village of Al Hamra stands at the base of this mountain peak.

The winding roads leading to the top

The winding roads uphill

Though its said that the journey is more important than the destination, in the case of Jebel Shams, both the journey to the top and the views from the top are nothing short of spectacular. As our driver cum guide Majid drove up the winding roads, we observed that the temperature fell from around 30 degrees to just about 12 degrees.

Rugged mountains as far as the eyes can see

We move further into mountainous territory

In a matter of about 25 minutes, the heat was replaced by chilly winds hitting all our faces.

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