A graduate from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Jyoti Thapa Mani is Design Director of Businessworld, New Delhi. She has also been Design Manager of The Economic Times and Senior Design Editor of Business Today. A Gorkhaphile by interest, she has been researching and documenting the history of the Gorkhas for over 10 years. She has visited all the battle sites of the 1814-1815 Anglo-Gorkha Wars, including Malaun fort, Jythuk fort, Arki fort in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand’s Battle of Kalanga site. “I’m following the Gorkha footprints. The stones and ruins speak volumes,” is how she describes her passion. She was the force behind The Illustrated History of the 1st Gorkha Rifles (Malaun Regiment) 1815-2008 as its compiler, photographer, visual editor and designer; the book was published in 2008.Jyoti’s photographs of Gorkha historical sites are on permanent display at the Nepal Army Museum in Kathmandu. Her forefathers served the 19th century Gorkha Army in Nepal, the British-Gurkha military alliance and subsequently the Indian Gorkha Rifles. Jyoti’s family has been based in Bhagsu, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, for close to 200 years.