UNTIL DRIZZLE turns to heavy rain, Sunderlal Bahuguna won’t go indoors. Legs folded, he sits under overcast skies outside his Tehri home detailing what he knows most intimately — the Himalayas. Most know him as a member of the 1970s Chipko Movement, and as the one who trekked the Himalayas on foot, alerting people to the perils of the Tehri Dam. But for Bahuguna, understanding and protecting the environment is not just a cause; his daily life is inextricably linked to the pulse of the mountains. He predicted 25 years ago that the Himalayan glaciers would recede, there would a water-crisis, climate change. He stopped eating rice. “It’s too water-intensive a crop for us to sustain”. His wife Vimla laughs when you ask about his favourite foods. “He roamed the mountains with one paisa, taking a roti from each house,” she says. “After such struggle, he eats what he gets.” Recently back from a Himalay Bachao Andolan meeting in Kashmir, Bahu – guna remains engaged with people’s movements. “I’m still a young man,” he says, headed to a Shimla conference. “I have to alert this generation to the coming doom. I feel young with them.” His days at Tehri begin at 5am with a puja. Then he waters the plants, reads newspapers, Gandhi’s works and troubleshoots for villagers. “We all should do one thing daily in sync with nature,” he says. It’s not surprising to know that he’s been to a cinema hall only once. Clearly, Bahuguna doesn’t live life indoors.