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Ravi M Singh is 65. After college, he got into business, all sorts—from chicken feed, furniture, catering to real estate. It worked for some time, but eventually, he gave it up all.

“Looking back, it seems I’ve always been an outdoors man, lost in his own little adventures.  My interests?  It used to be hunting; it stopped during the Maoist insurgency. Then came fishing followed by mountain biking. So, my passions are writing, mountain biking and fishing.”

“Ambition?  Ride my mountain bike from Beni, Baglung, to Lo Manthang, Upper Mustang.”

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