Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Translated into Hindi
The Antaraka hinges, land of mystery and wonders, is the last great forest of the earth. Fifty millions years ago, it was an evergreen forest with many types of animals and plants. Today, the continent is a white desert and is considered the coldest, most dry, stormy, airy, and most accessible place in the world. This is a continent's continent. For almost six months of continuous day, continuous six months of the night, the lowest temperature -89.60 degree Celsius, and the winds which reach 190 km per hour during the snowfall, make the continent a unique place. In this no-man's continent, it is about 90 percent of the world's fresh water deposits in the form of ice. If ice is allowed to melted, the ocean level of the earth will increase for several meters, which will cause a major portion of the Earth to become submerged. The journey of this remote, isolated and extreme continent to India began with the desire to pursue knowledge and to enlighten its mystery.
Antarctic Himalaya: The journey of frozen continent to India is about a journey, a mission, an initiative, a challenge, a thrill, a dream, and finally, establishing the scientific potential of India in the world. This book describes the beauty of this mysterious continent and the origin of India's Antarctic tactics, but also gives us the details of the experiences of two different individuals, first hand: one leader and one from India's Antarctic Tick program. Founder and second, a research scholar who made his first trip to this continent.
Dr. Dinabandhu Sahoo, a faculty member at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, was the first Indian student to visit Antarctica during 1987-88 in the seventh Indian scientific expedition. He has visited the seven continents and five oceans within a record time of eighteen months. He is a visiting fellow at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, INSA-JSPS visiting fellow, Japan He is the recipient of several awards including the award from the National Environmental Science Academy, India for his outstanding contribution to the field of Marine Science.
Syed Zahoor Qasim was the director of the National Institute of Oceanography and was appointed as the founder secretary in the Department of Environment, Government of India, in 1981. In 1982, he took over the secretary of the newly-established Department of Ocean Development . Dr. Qasim led India's first expedition to Antarctica in December 1981 and successfully organized and guided seven other expeditions till 1988. Known as the 'Ocean Man of India' and the 'Antarctica Hero', he was elected to the Indian Council of Science Congress . He has also held the positions of Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia and Member, Planning Commission, Government of India. Dr. Qasim has won many national and international awards including the Oceanology International Lifetime Achievement Award of UK, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri by The Government of India.