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Sals of the Valley A Memorial to Dehra Dun

Author Name: Pradeep Singh | Format: Paperback | Genre : Literature & Fiction | Other Details

Sal forests symbolize the strength and permanence of the virtues of the Dehra Dun Valley. They form the dramatic backdrop of the seven stories in this anthology. Be led through this fabled landscape and come face to face with people through their struggles and triumphs, during which nature opposes and also rescues them at every step. In these pages, you meet incorrigible ramblers of the forests; a party of farm hands launching a desperate night search; a daunting wilderness that does nothing to restrain boisterous revel late into the night; a worried landowner searching far and wide with time running out; a rustic becoming a connoisseur after a chance encounter; a moving coming of age struggle for a young person the in depths of the forest ranges.

These stories are rooted in reality and re-visit idyllic hamlets and villages along the Suswa River and recreate the atmosphere of a hundred or more years ago. Time and terrain unify these stories in a single narrative of evocative prose synonymous with Pradeep Singh. This is largely a reflection of his passion for recreating to the readers, the vanishing rural vistas of the Valley while retaining enough dramatic elements. These stories build up to a climax taking you closer to the blazing fires on winter nights in the open.

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Pradeep Singh

Pradeep Singh was born in 1957 at Mulberry Manor, Dehra Dun. He went to schools in Mussoorie and Dehra Dun. He was a UGC Scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he studied history. For a period Pradeep worked as a farmer and horticulturist, before joining a global energy corporate where he worked for over three decades, following which he turned his attention to research and writing on a full time basis.

Pradeep's prose displays his affinity to nature and to his beloved Dehra Dun Valley, where his family has resided for over three hundred years. This connection allows Pradeep to provide readers with a unique insight into the region. A passionate traveller, Pradeep currently works out of Dehra Dun and Delhi.

This is Pradeep Singh’s second book.

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