Place of Birth : V. Khangsar, P.O. Kolong, District Lahul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh.

Academic Qualification : B.A., Prabhakar (Hons. in Hindi), Ll.B.

Mother tongue : sTodpa. Other languages known : English, Hindi, Bhoti, Punjabi, Kulluvi, Pattni, and languages of Ladak, Spiti, Zankhar, etc.

Scripts can read : Roman, Devnagri, Urdu, Bhoti, Gurmukhi. Have familiarity with Tankri. Writes in English, Hindi and Bhoti.


Served in Reserve Bank of India, and National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD).

Areas of Interest : The primary interest is to learn about Lahul in its various aspects, viz. History, Languages, Religions, Culture, etc. and incidentally about its surrounding areas viz. Kullu, Spiti, Chamba, Zanskar, Ladakh, etc.

Membership of Institutions : Remained member of the Governing Body, Himachal Pradesh Arts, Culture and Language Academy, Shimla, for ten years from 2003 to 2013.
Presently member Standing Committee for Development of Pahari (Himachali) Language and Literature, in the Himachal Arts, Culture and Language Academy, Shimla, H.P., since March 5, 2015.
Am associated with Bhasha, Baroda, in respect of the Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of India, Himachal Section.

Member : Kullu District Cultural Council, Kullu, H.P.


Books English Language

2015 . A Grammar of sTodpa (A Language of Lahul in the Western Himalaya), Amrit Books, Kaithal, Haryana, 2015.
2015 . Nathapanth in Western Himalaya, Kaveri Books, New Delhi, 2015.
2015 . Spiti: A Study in Scio-Cultural Traditions, Kaveri Books, New Delhi. 2015.
2011 . Exploring Malana, Indus Books, New Delhi. 2011.
2008 . Bashahar—Kinnaur: A Study on cultural History of Western Trans-Himalayas, 2008. Aryan Books International, New Delhi.
2008 . Moravians in the Trans Western Himalayas, co-authored with C.Dorje, 2008, Kaveri Books, New Delhis-110002.
2000 . Kullu: A Historical Study, 2000. Book India, Delhi.
1996 . Historical Documents from Trans Himalaya Lahul, Zanskar and Ladak, 1996. Book India, Delhi (Co-authored with C. Dorje of the Archaeological Survey of India)
1993 . The People of the Upper Valley (The sTodpas of Lahul in the Himalayas), 1993. Book India, Delhi.
1984 . History and Religions of Lahul, 1984. Books Today, New Delhi.
In Hindi-Bhoti
1990 . Bhoti Parichaya – Vayakaran aur Anuvad, 1990. Published by Mrs. Sonam Lamo, Village, Tinno, P.O. Kolong, District Lahul and Spiti (H.P.).
Books Edited (Hindi) (available from the author)
2015 . Bhartiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshna, Himachal Pradesh ki Bhashain, Volume 11, Part 1, People’s Linguistic Survey of India, Orient Blackswan, New Delhi, 2015, General Editor Dr. Ganesh N. Devy.
Books Edited English
2017 .The languages of Himachal Pradesh People’s Linguistic Survey of India, chief editor G.N. Devy Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad.

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Miyan Behad,
Dhalpur, Kullu-175101
(Himachal Pradesh), India.