Though there were rumours for a millennium
the first officially recorded sighting
of skeletons – at more than sixteen thousand feet
around the glacial, Lake Roopkund
in Uttarukhand’s Chamoli district –
was by a border guard in 1940.
The authorities thought a company
of Japanese soldiers had frozen to death
trying to invade India from the north
via Tibet but the bones were too old.
There were other hypotheses. A large group –
two hundred in total –