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  • Writing on Buddha Birthplace

    Don Messerschmidt

    Writing on Buddha’s Birthplace An Emperor’s edict, regal graffiti & more Lumbini is one of these dreamlike, emblematic places.Sacred trees, beautiful flowers, celestial splendor, eternal tranquility?these are the elements that constitute the place where Siddhartha, the Lord Buddha, was born. A modest grove in the

    Nov.03.2017
  • The Saligrams of Muktinath

    Don Messerschmidt

    The Saligrams of Muktinath When the British mountaineer-explorer H.W. (Bill) Tilman visited the pilgrimage shrine of Muktinath in 1950, he was among the first Westerners to go there. It is located at nearly 12,200 ft. in northern Nepal’s Mustang District, at the head of the tributary Jhong

    Oct.14.2017
  • Stories of a Himalayan Hunter

    Don Messerschmidt

    My friend, the story of my life is that story: story of hunting. . .  ~Dil Das The Himalayan hunter today is a mythical character. Half a century ago, however, when Dil Das and others like him were tracking wildlife in the Himalayan forests it was a way of

    Jul.16.2017
  • Boots Beyond Compare

    Don Messerschmidt

    I promised Wahab my boots. They were splendid boots, boots beyond compare … the best of boots; I had a lot of fun in them.  –Peter Fleming, at the conclusion of ‘News from Tartary’ (1936) Boots are important. While preparing to come live and work in Nepal

    Mar.23.2017
  • What’s On Your ‘Bucket List’?

    Don Messerschmidt

    Climb to the top of the highest point on earth and descend safely to sea level with all 21 digits intact. - Joe Patterson at www.bucketlist.org <Climb Everest Count on it, there are travelers hanging around Thamel with ‘Nepal’ on their bucket lists, and maybe even ‘Climb

    Mar.23.2017
  • Two Novels about Nepal

    Don Messerschmidt

    On Sherpa speak, and a ‘coals to Newcastle’ effect I recently read a YA ‘thriller’ entitled ‘The Everest Files’, by Matt Dickinson. The cover blurb on this Young Adult novel (ages 12-20) shouts: ‘A Missing Teenage Climber. A Trail of Deadly Clues. Mystery on the World’s Highest Peak’. It’s

    Feb.07.2017
  • Urban Walkability

    Don Messerschmidt

    Want to go for a walk in the city? Choose your day, time and place carefully, to avoid the worst of Kathmandu’s air pollution. Out in Pokhara (by comparison) there’s far less pollution, so any day, any time, and almost any street or lane there is good. The best time

    Sep.25.2016
  • Small World, Reconnecting with the Past

    Don Messerschmidt

    “I wonder which of the people who cross my path, their faces unknown to me, have nonetheless played a part in my life without my being the slightest bit aware of it.” ~Anne Berest (2015) I recently read a book entitled ‘Sagan, Paris 1954’ by Anne Berest, a popular

    Jun.07.2016
  • RUM DOODLE DUM: What's in a name?

    Don Messerschmidt

    Want a good laugh on trek? Try W.E. Bowman’s ‘The Ascent of Rum Doodle’, the popular mountaineering spoof. I usually carry it to read aloud evenings to my trekking companions. They love it. It’s a scream! And, sometimes they do some ‘Rumdoodling’ of their own. Rum Doodle is a

    May.08.2016
  • Perceptive and Passionate Writing Pranaya Rana's 'City of Dreams'

    Don Messerschmidt

    This Spilled Ink column is dedicated to good reading and writing in Nepal. This month’s essay focuses on both. Wandering the streets, the gallis, and ob-scure byways of Kathmandu, writing about love and passion, and about writing, are Pranaya Rana’s forte, judging from the tales he tells in his

    Mar.21.2016
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