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A Year in Himachal Memories of an Incredible State

Author Name: Humera Ahmed | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

A Year in Himachal is a record of the life and culture of an incredible state, set against a varied landscape of splendid mountains, cold deserts, sylvan valleys and gushing rivers.

Told from the perspective of a single woman and officer, a rigid city-bound Mumbaikar, the book is a memoir-travelogue that reflects on the life and people, their history and culture, the terrain during different seasons of the year and her attempt to integrate the functioning of the Post Office with community and customer needs in a multilingual and multicultural society.

She goes through life-changing experiences during her journey to remote areas in Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti. She experiences the barren silence of the cold desert, the overpowering grandeur and mystery of the snow-capped mountains and the peace and tranquillity of the Tabo monastery. She becomes acutely aware of a spiritual presence that enables her to come to terms with her personal grief and find a purpose in life.

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Humera Ahmed

As an officer in the Indian Postal Service, Humera Ahmed was posted in different states across India. She was able to observe the incredible cultural and natural heritage of India. Her stint as the Director of Museums, Libraries and Archives in the Department of Culture Government of India enhanced her knowledge of the cultural wealth of India, and impacted her work as a writer and an officer.

Humera is a writer of short stories, and has published one collection called Checkmate and other stories. Her articles and book reviews have been published in leading magazines and newspapers. She has also contributed an article on the Postal services in India in a book titled Governance in South Asia: The state of the Civil Service, edited by Dr K S Chalam, and published by Sage.

She is a founding member and Managing Editor of an e-magazine Ehsas – For Women, which aims at empowering women from underprivileged sections of society.

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