Diya Gupta

Writer. Reseacher.

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22 comments  |  12:09 PM, Friday, 21st November, 2014

Shaun and I have lived in Spiti for six months. We have watched the weather change from icy May, with the snow melting away from the mountain tops, the days growing hotter and the evenings pleasanter. Towards the end of our time here, we feel as though we are coming full circle. Snow is rapidly filling the mountain tops again, the ‘tandoors’ need to be lit ...Read More


7 comments  |  7:44 PM, Tuesday, 4th November, 2014

A good few months back, many of you made generous gifts for the wellbeing and education of the children of Spiti. You weren’t aware of any more than that, and frankly neither was Shaun nor I. It’s difficult to ascertain the particular needs of a community without being there, and better still, living there for a while. Shaun and I have now spent six months at Munsel-ling ...Read More


7 comments  |  7:01 PM, Sunday, 26th October, 2014

The first two snowfalls of October have already come our way. The sky lost its brilliant blueness; the sun was dimmed by sludgy grey clouds, from where constant light wet whiteness descended. It is a peculiar sensation to step out of your flat at night and watch these tiny white flakes fall silently around you as far as you can make out – against a backdrop of pitch ...Read More


10 comments  |  11:43 PM, Wednesday, 24th September, 2014

Alexander Pope in ‘The Rape of the Lock’ may have thought that he had pitted the sexes successfully against each other; Beatrice and Benedict in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ might believe that they have a thing or two going in male-female repartee; Congreve’s Mirabelle and Millamant may fancy themselves at the pinnacle of witty thrust-and-parry ...Read More


13 comments  |  6:41 PM, Saturday, 30th August, 2014

“By speaking of greater forces than we can possibly invoke, and by confronting us with greater spans of time than we can possibly envisage, mountains refute our excessive trust in the man-made. They pose profound questions about our durability and the importance of our schemes. They induce, I suppose, a modesty in us.” – Robert Macfarlane, ‘Mountains of the Mind’ ...Read More

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