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Mid-term break in Kumaon

Stranded in the rainwashed hills of Uttarakhand, Suman Dubey wonders why it had to be so.

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With the Independence Day long weekend at hand and a gnawing urge to get away from the cacophony then surrounding corruption, I fetched up in Kausani, Mahatma Gandhi’s Switzerland in Kumaon, on August 13, driving through monsoon-enriched greenery in the hills that is so lush and vivid only in the wet season.

The Kosi river was high but not yet a cause for worry, and the roads, mostly still to be repaired from the damage of the September 2010 deluge(s), were sometimes uncomfortable but passable — even for someone with a sensitive lower back! The rain poured steadily on the 14th ...

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First Published: Mon, August 10 2020. 13:28 IST