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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 12:49 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 12:49 AM (IST)

Guv honours author Stephen Alter

Guv honours author Stephen Alter
Governor KK Paul felicitates author Stephen Alter at Raj Bhawan in Dehradun on Sunday.

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 20

Governor KK Paul felicitated renowned English author Stephen Alter at a gathering held at Raj Bhawan on Sunday evening where the author interacted with intellectuals.

Introducing the author, the Governor spoke about his works and appreciated his love for mountains, especially the Himalayas. He said Stephen Alter, an American, was actually “a true Uttarakhandi” as he had been born and brought up in Mussoorie where he had done his schooling at Woodstock.“Not many of us here today can claim to have been born and brought up in Uttarakhand,” he said.

“Alter’s deep love for the mountains and his understanding of the human spirit make his works specials,” said the Governor after welcoming the author to Raj Bhawan. The Governor said Alter had 18 books to his credit and had written in various genres including biography, short stories and travelogues. His versatility is known well .He is a serious and prolific author. The Governor specially mentioned Alter’s “All the Way to Heaven” and “In the Jungles of the Night: A Novel about Jim Corbett”.

Stephen Alter, who lives in Landour (Mussoorie), while speaking on the occasion, said the Himalayas had great influence on him as writer. “I look upon the Himalayas as the greatest university on earth which has been teaching researchers, explorers, writers and scholars. There is no end to the wonders and glory of these mountains,” he said.

Alter had trekked these mountains extensively when he was a student in Mussoorie. “Later, I also fictionalised Mussoorie in some of my short stories. When I was away from Himalayas and wrote about them it was more emotionally.” He said he liked to combine in his work the love for nature with legends and lore of the mountains.

The author said he was working on a biography of the Himalayas which would cover dimensions like geology, history, wildlife, forests, human settlements and migration. The author, while working on the project, said he discovered that Dehradun figured primarily in the story of the Himalayas.

The Governor felicitated Alter with a memento.

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