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People's Environmental Awareness - Khati (PEAK) Follow PEAK with the financial assistance of World Nomads on the path to delivering educational, water supplies & solar home lighting systems to Kumaon villages....


INDIA | Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | Views [1109]

14th February Today the Himalayan Griffons ( Gyps himalayensis) are circling close to the village. This usually means a cow met its end overnight either by taking a tumble over a rocky ledge or through a leopard attack. The sky is leaden grey and ... Read more >

Tags: domestic duties, farming, khati, mountain village life, womens work

A very 'Cold Wave' indeed...

INDIA | Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | Views [493]

There we were on a cold winters morning enjoying a hot cup of chai from a roadside vendor on the slow to get going streets of Delhi.... suddenly two women bearing bamboo poles and a bundle wrapped up in a blanket with two children trailing along stopped ... Read more >

Tags: cold wave, homeless, street theatre delhi

Changing times...

INDIA | Sunday, 9 Jan 2011 | Views [555]

As staff members of PEAK, Scott and I still marvel at the wonders of renewable technology. When we walk downtown on the rocky paths of Khati at night, the glow of LED lights fans out of open wooden window frames and it is comforting to know that inside ... Read more >

Tags: cordyseps sinensis, himalayan roads, khati, mobile phones

Royal Bardia National Park

INDIA | Sunday, 9 Jan 2011 | Views [634]

Our time in Khati had been hectic and a break was long overdue, so with the pressing issue of a acquiring a new visa stamp and solar business to conduct in Delhi we decided to make our trip out of the valley. The adventure saw us head into Western Nepal ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, road travel, royal bardia national park, wildlife

Village life and death...

INDIA | Friday, 7 Jan 2011 | Views [675]

There is always a long delay in getting journal entries onto this blog site. We live in the Himalayas without any electricity in a region that has traditionally been bypassed by the Indian Government. Therefore our access to the internet is limited to ... Read more >

Tags: death, himalayas, indian road statistics, solar journey

The Journey Begins...

INDIA | Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | Views [390]

In September, our arrival into the state of Uttarakhand was heralded by a monsoon already in full swing combined with five days of incessant rain (day and night), cloudbursts, uprecedented floods and landslides. With roads blocked across the state &... Read more >

Tags: cloudbursts, flea pit hotels, solar journey

Solar Home Lighting Project 2010

INDIA | Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | Views [402]

People's Environmental Awareness - Khati (PEAK) would yet again like to thank the World Nomads community for their generous contributions toward the latest Solar Home Lighting  Project for 2010. This project will be undertaken in the village of Jatoli ... Read more >

Tags: solar technology

Gallery: The 'Library'/BK's School & Jatoli School

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Random shots: Khati & Kafni Glacier 2009

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Photo Gallery

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The 'working holiday' misnomer....

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [632]

If you think about it: the two words 'working holiday' should never be put into the same sentence. It is funny how people automatically assume that because you work overseas (in this case - India) that you are on some sort of 'holiday' that entails a ... Read more >

Small criminals & trial by water, oil and cut off noses

INDIA | Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 | Views [566]

We live in pretty much a crime free environment. This isn't to say that minor misdemeanours don't occur, and if someone has transgressed the issue is dealt with by the local Panchayat and usually involves a rather large fine (approximately 5000 rupees).... Read more >

The archaeological erosion of Delhi

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [560]

The train from Bharatpur to Delhi was punctuated by a troupe of Hijra's extorting rupees from passengers, children performing acrobatic feats, beggars and the uniquely Indian call of "paaannniii bottle", "omlat" & "chai"... Read more >

Bharatpur royalty and the great bird slaughter

INDIA | Wednesday, 18 Mar 2009 | Views [622]

A mere thirty minute death defying bus ride from Fatephur Sikri is the town of Bharatpur, located in the Mewat region of Rajasthan. Once the city founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal - the ruler fo the princely state of Bharatpur - was an impregnable and well ... Read more >

Fatephur Sikri: the architectural legacy of Emporer Ashoka

INDIA | Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | Views [556]

Fatephur Sikri (City of Victory) is the crowning architectural legacy of the great Emporer Akhbar. Built in the late half of the 16th century and capital of the Mughal Empire for less than two decades, this majestic city is strategically sited in a commanding ... Read more >

The dichotomy: the nation's capital and a separate tale of baking babies....

INDIA | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [518]

28.03.2009 India is a country of stark contrasts: the globally acclaimed economic growth is in sharp juxtaposition to the tardy progress in human idices. This finds us in the nations capital. A kaleidoscope of colours, smells and sounds the ultimate ... Read more >

The riotous festival of HOLI

INDIA | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [558]

11.3.2009 The riotous festival of colour is upon us and the streets are awash with water and gulal (a little like coloured powder paint) . Holi ( also known as Vasant Utsav ) occurs on the full moon in Feb/March each year. This joyous day marks the ... Read more >

Glue, Gulal and Commonwealth Games...

INDIA | Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | Views [680]

1.03.2009 Today I spoke to some teenage glue/heroin addicted children living on the streets of Delhi. Most are teenage runaways who either have no parents, a sole parent who couldn't support them or had left intolerable households of sexual/physical ... Read more >

To the world beyond the valley.

INDIA | Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | Views [529]

25.02.2009 In the last few weeks six casualties have resulted from an errant leopard in the Bageshwar district who has developed a penchant for human flesh. One woman is currently in Almora hospital with deep gouge marks to her entire body having survived ... Read more >

Any one for a game of cards?

INDIA | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [470]

21.02.2009 Once the measles epidemic had quelled, chicken pox took hold. Now not having had the latter childhood disease and after witnessing how severe the adult cases have been, I treated chicken pox houses like they had the bubonic plague! The Government ... Read more >

Missing dogs and rather large cats...

INDIA | Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | Views [422]

16.02.2009 Arjuns body was delayed in arrival, so the men spent three days in Bageshwar. Once the cremation occurred at the confluence of the sacred Gomti and Saryu Rivers they made the journey home. The snow on the ground lasted less than 48 hours ... Read more >

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