A travel writer who regularly has work in The New York Times, Sierra, and Lonely Planet, Michael Benanav goes from a book on camel caravans, Men of Salt, to nomadic water buffalo herders in northern India in his new book, Himalaya Bound: One Family’s Quest to Save Their Animals - And an Ancient Way of Life (Pegasus).
“For many years, Benanav has found himself irresistibly drawn to nomadic wanders in the hope that traveling in their company might enable him to grasp a set of elusive truths. Here in Himalaya Bound, Benanav chronicles an epic migration and how the Van Gujjar have preserved an intimate, touching, and vital link to the animals that sustain them―and to the land they call home. A vivid portrait and a poignant reminder that long ago, all of humanity was wild, nomadic, and free.” - Kevin Fedarko.
“A powerful and moving story of travel, mountain culture and human relationships. His writing is sensitive, insightful, and unsparing and reveals the complex and tenuous lives of migrant people and their deep connection to a forest environment. In the best tradition of writers like Bruce Chatwin and Gretel Ehrlich, Himalaya Bound recounts a multi-layered journey into uncertain terrain, where no GPS would dare to wander.” - Stephen Alter.