The Indian Quarterly
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The Indian Quarterly (IQ) is a national and international magazine. We hope that just as The New Yorker exhibits a distinctly Manhattan sensibility and always contains articles about New York City, IQ will manifest the fact that it is edited and published in Mumbai through its cosmopolitan and open-minded perspective on the world and on India. In fact, we hope to provide a unique way of interpreting our ever changing culture, and to define our own experiences through the strength of thought, ideas and imagery, be it in the form of fact, fiction, poetry, illustration or photography. IQ is therefore a paean to the polyphonic nature of reflection and the creativity that is its outcome.
The Himalayas elicit poetic metaphors and myths. For some they stand as a challenge to climb and explore. Often they are subjects of scientific inquiry. Geologists, biologists, surveyors, historians, artists and photographers have devoted their careers to discovering the hidden secrets of mountain landscapes. This issue of IQ explores the Himalayas. We look upon these highlands—from an aesthetic, romantic, scientific, cultural or religious perspective—it is vital that we recognise and appreciate where human beings stand in the context of their natural history.