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  • Books to read through the monsoon

    Prawin Adhikari

    In the afternoons, or late at night, when the heat oppresses and the mind wants to wander, or, perchance, if there is the din of rain on roofs, and the world has come to a standstill, nothing beats a few immersive hours spent with a good book. Have the

  • The Pyramid Spiral, Dance of the Five Elements

    Reviewed by J. S. Bhutia, BA Buddhist Studies

    In this mind blowing book, a step-by-step process of how the manifest world comes into being is suggested through the description of a piece of artwork made by the author herself, Susan Griffith-Jones. At the time of making it, she was living next to the beautiful stupa of Bouddhanath

  • The Prisoner of Kathmandu: By Charles Allen

    Reviewed by Don Messerschmidt

    I imagine him striding north along Jalapahar Ridge towards Darjeeling’s Observatory Hill. He is fifty-seven, which is old by British Indian standards. He would look then pretty much as he does in a photograph taken soon after his final return to England, now part of a collection of his papers

  • Himalayan Quartet

    Reviewed by Don Messerschmidt

    Among the sub-plots running throughout the series are several hunting scenes. They reflect the skills of a knowledgeable writer. Kathmandu’s Deepak S. Rana has written a set of interlinked historical novels on South Asia, but what started as a trilogy but has morphed into... a tetrology? aquadrivium? Nay, let’s

  • The Fishing Fleet Husband-Hunting in the Raj

    Anne de Courcy Reviewed by Don Messerschmidt

    The Fishing Fleet that sailed from Britain to colonial India in the 19th and early 20th century was not after fish. Rather, it consisted entirely of eligible British girls seeking husbands from among the many British men in service to the Raj as colonial civil servants or soldiers. 

  • Buried in the Sky

    Peter Zuckerman and Amanda PadoReviewed by Don Messerschmidt

    The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day. Mount Everest is highest at 8848 meters, but second highest K2 (237 meters lower), is a far more treacherous and difficult mountain to climb. “K2 lacks the mass of Everest,” the authors of ‘Buried in the Sky’ tell

  • 'Pieces of a Continuum'

    Reviewed by Prasiit Sthapit

    Leafing open Kevin Bubriski’s newly released Nepal 1975-2011, I’d decided to skip the essay and prologue and go straight for the first photograph. Good morning. A winter scene taken early in the day that featured a man carrying his kharpan on the right and a woman drawing water at a

  • The Sacred Thread

    Rudolf Hogger, Reviewed by Kapil Bisht

    Someone came into the room where my cousins and I were getting ready for the ceremony and gave to each one of us a rectangular piece of yellow cloth a little smaller than an A4-size sheet of paper. Strings several inches long were sewn on each corner of this piece.

  • The Man Within My Head

    Pico Iyer, Reviewed by Kapil Bisht

    It is winter in Thimphu, Bhutan. Pico Iyer is reading his favorite author, Graham Greene. It is something he has done several times over the decades since he first read Greene as a schoolboy. But then, suddenly, he has a strange feeling. Iyer feels as if he is

  • Nepali Art- Issues Miscellany

    Reviewed by Swosti Rajbhandari

    A look into artist Madan Chitrakar’s book. Nepali Art- Issues Miscellany is a compilation of articles written by eminent artist Madan Chitrakar for various publications since 1976.  It covers narratives, reflections and fascinations of the artist on assorted topics concerning art in Nepal, and is a seminal contribution to