To describe him in one word, Trek Leader Soumitra (@soumitra.b93) is an observer.
“Once on the Dayara Bugyal trail, I heard the characteristic ‘toc-toc’ of a woodpecker. I told everyone to fall silent and stop moving. Just 20 feet away, on a bare tree trunk that stood alone in a grassy clearing, a Himalayan Woodpecker was knocking on the wood.
Sunlight fell on the whole scene from behind. It made the bird’s scarlet crest and vent shine. Every time its beak struck the tree trunk, flecks of wood fell out. Under the sunlight they looked like sparks of gold. The woodpecker stayed there, knocking away for an entire minute, and then flew away. We moved on.
Sure, it’s a common bird. But that moment? That moment was rare.
Even though almost everything can be photographed and shared, you could not capture the beauty and subtlety of those few seconds; nature seemed to give us a little gift.
There are several such moments -- the sight of a colourful bird, the mist in a valley glowing in sunlight, the glimmer of ice on distant peaks, a moonrise beyond high peaks. These moments are the ones I live for, and I want to share them with trekkers."
By profession, I am a chemical engineer. I’ve designed oil refineries, worked on cancer research, but you could say that’s only half of who I am.
The other half has always been in the mountains or forests, right from childhood. Ever since my first high-altitude trek to Kuari Pass in 4th grade, I have always been into outdoorsy stuff - camping, sailing, birdwatching, trekking. Perhaps because I’ve been doing this since I was a child, I’ve always felt very comfortable and at ease roughing it away from civilisation.”
Till the time he is ready to pursue his Ph.D, Soumitra is out in the mountains, taking silent notes on life, observing nature and making use of his sharp wit to make friends. You can read some of his writing on our website.