If you travel to the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh, it’s hard to miss that there is trout on the menu. Everywhere.

Yet these trout are not native. They were introduced, during the time of the British Empire in India, to make the British there feel more at home, as they were reportedly not impressed enough with the fighting qualities of the native species.

Now naturalised, this new book follows the fascinating journey of these trout over a century ago, when the British government had taken over from the East India Company. That arduous voyage was made first by ship, then by challenging road and/or rail with continiual re-refrigeration needed. It took decades to get it right.

Audio review by Shail Desai:

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Herjinder Singh Sahni is a writer and senior journalist. Starting as a sub-editor with Navbharat Times, he has worked with renowned media houses over the last three decades, including the Times of India Group, India Today Group and Hindustan Times Group, as well as various magazines, television channels and online portals.