When AMS Strikes

After spending a day in Gangtok, we decided to head towards the north. The mountain town of Lachung averages about 9,600 feet (2,900 m) and requires a day of travel from the capital. Google maps indicates a 3 hour long journey. However, I remember taking longer to reach there. Part of the reason could be roadblocks…

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Gangtok in a Day

Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is the starting point for all exploration trails in the state. Most travelers make the mistake of spending less than a day in this mountain town. Although, the average altitude of Gangtok doesn’t rise beyond 1650 m (5,410 ft), it’s advisable to acclimatize for a few days, before proceeding…

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Love & Other Highs

Our brain is a complex amalgamation of neural networks, neurochemicals, and grey matter. Despite remarkable progress being made in the area of neurosciences, there are very few aspects of the brain that have been understood. And the most perplexing – is the one – that affects 4 out of 5 people on the planet. What…

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Backyard Treasures

Most of my childhood summers were spent in our home town. With the temperatures soaring, there was little that my siblings and I could do. We’d either curl up with a good book, eat raw mangoes, or snooze after a heavy meal. When we’d exhaust all other options, the front yard and the copious greenery…

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