Author Archives: pattysmullings

About pattysmullings

Occasional freelance writer, full time corporate slave. An idealist by choice, pragmatist by compulsion. Generally write on travel, environment, politics, movies and current affairs.

Book review- The Shock Doctrine

Certain books outlive their prime years not only due to their authors’ brilliance (which in this case was never in doubt), but also due to the core issues they analyze and address. The Shock Doctrine, currently in its 10th year … Continue reading

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Picture diary – Basic Mountaineering Course

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A Long Trek Through The Woods

  Trekking can be a wonderfully rewarding activity. When undertaken in a UNESCO designated World Heritage site like the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), the experience becomes even more exceptional. Situated in Himachal Pradesh, GHNP is home to a variety … Continue reading

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“Stranded” assets, economic models and their linkage to the climate crisis

Despite the Conference of Parties (COP) at Paris ending on a perceived “no-winners or losers” note in December 2015, the world continues to grapple with the challenge of rising emissions and deep divisions over allocations of the remaining carbon budget to … Continue reading

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A response to ET’s blog by Sriram Ramakrishnan taunting “Left-liberals”

A recent article by The Economic Times’ resident editor, Mr Sriram Ramakrishnan, titled “Left-liberals in India completely unaware of despotic regimes“, came across as one of the most blatantly biased and factually incorrect opinion piece from an editor in recent … Continue reading

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Striking down NJAC – A historic judgment

The Hon’ble Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the controversial National Judicial Appointments Commision (NJAC) has come as a jolt to the government. The much hyped NJAC, was a bill conceived by the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance (UPA). Although the … Continue reading

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Kheerganga Trek – A journey through the heartland of Himachal Pradesh

This article was also published in the New Indian Express, Bangalore edition and can be accessed here – http://epaper.newindianexpress.com/528583/The-New-Indian-Express-Bangalore/25-JUNE-2015#page/21/1   The village of Tosh, located in the far end of Parvati valley near Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, is an idyllic hamlet with few … Continue reading

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