Palpasa Caf

Palpasa Caf  Author Narayan Wagle
ISBN-10 9788184002522
Release 2011-12-02
Pages 256
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A journalist sits in a café waiting for his subject—an artist called Drishya about whom he wants to write a novel. But Drishya doesn’t come. For that morning he has been visited by Maoists at his home and abducted by them... So begins Palpasa Café, the extraordinary novel by Nepali journalist Narayan Wagle, which has become a sensation in the country. Starting with the murders of the royal family, it tells the troubled story of contemporary Nepal through the eyes of a romantic artist who falls in love, wanders the war-struck countryside and dreams of creating a café named after his beloved which serves the best coffee in the country. Playful, moving and melancholic, fusing the boundaries between fiction and non fiction, Palpasa Café presents a rare picture of Nepal at war. It is one of the most important novels to come out of the country.

In the Circle of the Dance

In the Circle of the Dance Author Katharine Bjork Guneratne
ISBN-10 0801485924
Release 1999
Pages 225
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Feeling initially aimless and out of place in rural Nepal where she accompanied her anthropologist husband for a year of fieldwork, Katharine Bjork Guneratne turned to writing to make sense of her sojourn in the shadow of the Himalaya. The resulting book is both an acute portrait of a village and an intimate account of her struggles to adapt to a different way of life. Like the best cultural travel narratives, In the Circle of the Dance draws on the author's experiences to illuminate both exterior and interior worlds.Bjork's book is in many ways a primer on the realities of fieldwork, from setting up house to participating in the work of the village women to finding ways to communicate across cultural divides. It describes how this outsider achieved a gradual and provisional inclusion in the community, an inclusion represented by her participation in a traditional women's circle dance. The book also depicts the effects of modernization and tourism on a society that remained closed to the West well into this century, while offering comparative insights about wider South Asian cultures.The author's lyrical, frequently moving descriptions of everyday life guide her readers through the stages of her cultural apprenticeship. In the end, as Bjork joins the circle dance, she is a stranger to the community still, but a familiar and welcome one.

Forget Kathmandu

Forget Kathmandu Author Manjushree Thapa
ISBN-10 0670058599
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Forget Kathmandu has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Forget Kathmandu also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Forget Kathmandu book for free.

Arresting God in Kathmandu

Arresting God in Kathmandu Author Samrat Upadhyay
ISBN-10 9780547526218
Release 2014-09-23
Pages 208
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From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records the echoes of modernization throughout love and family. Here are husbands and wives bound together by arranged marriages but sometimes driven elsewhere by an intense desire for connection and transcendence. In a city where gods are omnipresent, where privacy is elusive and family defines identity, these men and women find themselves at the mercy of their desires but at the will of their society. Psychologically rich and astonishingly acute, Arresting God in Kathmandu introduces a potent new voice in contemporary fiction.

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost Author Ali Riaz
ISBN-10 0739114263
Release 2007
Pages 220
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Paradise Lost examines the state-society relationships in Nepal and demonstrates that the nature of the state, disjuncture between the state and the society, and the rupture of the ideological hegemony of the ruling class of Nepal have created a situation where existing institutional frameworks are disintegrating and the state is rapidly unraveling. Dr. Ali Riaz and Dr. Subho Basu analyze the roles of ethnicity, identity, and deprivation, in engendering discontent and the rise of the Maoists as a formidable political force. Mindful of the geo-strategic importance of the country, this book contextualizes these domestic developments within the post-9/11 global world. Jointly authored by a political scientist and a historian this book brings together structural and historical perspectives. Written in an engaging language, Paradise Lost? will appeal to political scientists, historians, sociologists, and those interested in current affairs.


Cleopatra Author H. Rider Haggard
ISBN-10 9781775455257
Release 2012-01-01
Pages 318
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Escape into the ancient past with this spellbinding action-adventure tale from one of the masters of the genre, Henry Rider Haggard. This novel follows the exploits of Hamarchis, a brave fighter who is the last living descendant of a noble bloodline of holy men. On the orders of this mysterious group, Hamarchis must attempt to slay Cleopatra, who is regarded as a falsely enthroned imposter. Haggard fans will be pleasantly surprised by this unique departure from his more traditional action-adventure stories.

A History of Nepal

A History of Nepal Author John Whelpton
ISBN-10 0521804701
Release 2005-02-17
Pages 296
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Nepal emerged as a unified state over two hundred years ago, centred on the Kathmandu Valley with its two thousand years of urban civilisation. While John Whelpton's history focuses on the period since the overthrow of the Rana family autocracy in 1950–51, the early chapters are devoted to the origins of the kingdom and the evolving relations of its diverse peoples. By drawing on research on Nepal's environment, society and political institutions, the author portrays a country of extraordinary contrasts, which has been constantly buffeted by its neighbours, the two Asian giants, China and India. Economic and political turmoil over the last fifty years came to a climax in the massacre of the royal family in 2001, when the country erupted into civil war. The book, first published in 2005, is comprehensive and its accessible approach will appeal to students, professionals and those visiting the region.

Kings of the Forest

Kings of the Forest Author Jana Fortier
ISBN-10 9780824833220
Release 2009
Pages 215
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In today's world hunter-gatherer societies struggle with seemingly insurmountable problems: deforestation and encroachment, language loss, political domination by surrounding communities. Will they manage to survive? This book is about one such society living in the monsoon rainforests of western Nepal: the Raute. Kings of the Forest explores how this elusive ethnic group, the last hunter-gatherers of the Himalayas, maintains its traditional way of life amidst increasing pressure to assimilate Author Jana Fortier examines Raute social strategies of survival as they roam the lower Himalayas gathering wild yams and hunting monkeys. Hunting is part of a symbiotic relationship with local Hindu farmers, who find their livelihoods threatened by the monkeys' raids on their crops. Raute hunting helps the Hindus, who consider the monkeys sacred and are reluctant to kill the animals themselves. Fortier explores Raute beliefs about living in the forest and the central importance of foraging in their lives. She discusses Raute identity formation, nomadism, trade relations, and religious beliefs, all of which turn on the foragers' belief in the moral goodness of their unique way of life. The book concludes with a review of issues that have long been important to anthropologists--among them, biocultural diversity and the shift from an evolutionary focus on the ideal hunter-gatherer to an interest in hunter-gatherer diversity. Kings of the Forest will be welcomed by readers of anthropology, Asian studies, environmental studies, ecology, cultural geography, and ethnic studies.

Dangerous wives and sacred sisters

Dangerous wives and sacred sisters Author Lynn Bennett
ISBN-10 UOM:39076006750264
Release 1983
Pages 353
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Dangerous wives and sacred sisters has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Dangerous wives and sacred sisters also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Dangerous wives and sacred sisters book for free.

Mountains Painted with Turmeric

Mountains Painted with Turmeric Author Lil Bahadur Chettri
ISBN-10 9780231512954
Release 2012-07-16
Pages 152
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Since its publication in the late 1950s, Mountains Painted with Turmeric has struck a chord in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Nepali readers. Set in the hills of far eastern Nepal, the novel offers readers a window into the lives of the people by depicting in subtle detail the stark realities of village life. Carefully translated from the original text, Mountains Painted with Turmeric tells the story of a peasant farmer named Dhané (which means, ironically, "wealthy one") who is struggling to provide for his wife and son and arrange the marriage of his beautiful younger sister. Unable to keep up with the financial demands of the "big men" who control his village, Dhané and his family suffer one calamity after another, and a series of quarrels with fellow villagers forces them into exile. In haunting prose, Lil Bahadur Chettri portrays the dukha, or suffering and sorrow, endured by ordinary peasants; the exploitation of the poor by the rich and powerful; and the social conservatism that twists a community into punishing a woman for being the victim of a crime. Chettri describes the impoverishment, dispossession, and banishment of Dhané's family to expose profound divisions between those who prosper and those who are slowly stripped of their meager possessions. Yet he also conveys the warmth and intimacy of village society, from which Dhané and his family are ultimately excluded.

Freedom to Die

Freedom to Die Author Derek Humphrey
ISBN-10 9781429929660
Release 2000-04-17
Pages 384
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The strength of the right-to-die movement was underscored as early as 1991, when Derek Humphry published Final Exit, the movement's call to arms that inspired literally hundreds of thousands of Americans who wished to understand the concepts of assisted suicide and the right to die with dignity. Now Humphry has joined forces with attorney Mary Clement to write Freedom to Die, which places this civil rights story within the framework of American social history. More than a chronology of the movement, this book explores the inner motivations of an entire society. Reaching back to the years just after World War II, Freedom to Die explores the roots of the movement and answers the question: Why now, at the end of the twentieth century, has the right-to-die movement become part of the mainstream debate? In a reasoned voice, which stands out dramatically amid the vituperative clamoring of the religious right, the authors examine the potential dangers of assisted suicide - suggesting ways to avert the negative consequences of legalization - even as they argue why it should be legalized.

The Royal Ghosts

The Royal Ghosts Author Samrat Upadhyay
ISBN-10 0547561482
Release 2006-02-09
Pages 224
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With emotional precision and narrative subtlety, The Royal Ghosts features characters trying to reconcile their true desires with the forces at work in Nepali society. Against the backdrop of the violent Maoist insurgencies that have claimed thousands of lives, these characters struggle with their duties to their aging parents, an oppressive caste system, and the complexities of arranged marriage. In the end, they manage to find peace and connection, often where they least expect it— with the people directly in front of them. These stories brilliantly examine not only Kathmandu during a time of political crisis and cultural transformation but also the effects of that city on the individual consciousness. Samrat Upadhyay is the author of Arresting God in Kathmandu, which earned him a Whiting Award, and The Guru of Love, which was a New York Times Notable Book, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. This book will also appeal to readers intersted in the themes: Nepal, South Asian Literature, Nepali Society, Alienation, Democracy, Kathmandu.

By the way

By the way Author Ajit Baral
ISBN-10 9937800463
Release 2008
Pages 122
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By the way has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from By the way also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full By the way book for free.

A kingdom under siege

A kingdom under siege Author Deepak Thapa
ISBN-10 1842775707
Release 2004
Pages 275
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Political instability in Nepal caused by the movement and insurgency led by Nepala Kamyunishta Parti (Maovadi) since 1996.

Blue Mimosa

Blue Mimosa Author Pārijāta
ISBN-10 UOM:39015008823844
Release 1972
Pages 100
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I Didn t Get Where I Am Today

I Didn t Get Where I Am Today Author David Nobbs
ISBN-10 9781409066965
Release 2009-11-10
Pages 512
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The magnificent, hilarious autobiography of the man who created the immortal Reginald Perrin. As a small boy David Nobbs survived the Second World War unscathed, until his bedroom ceiling fell on him when the last bomb to be dropped on Britain by the Germans landed near his home. It was the nearest he came to the war, but National Service would later make him one of Britain's most reluctant soldiers. It was an unforgettable and often unpleasant experience. As a struggling writer, David was catapulted into the thrilling world of satire at the BBC when he rang THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS with a joke and got through to David Frost, who sent a taxi for the joke. He never looked back. His greatness as a modern comic writer was confirmed by the publication of THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN, which he adapted into the immensely successful television series that has entered the fabric of British cultural life, through phrases, images and brilliant humour. A mesmerising, beautifully told tale of life in writing and comedy, I DIDN'T GET WHERE I AM TODAY is the hilarious, poignant and very personal story of David Nobbs' life, which also describes some of the most famous comedians of the last century and captures a golden age of British television.

Paradise in Our Backyard

Paradise in Our Backyard Author Karna Sakya
ISBN-10 9789352140978
Release 2009-04-22
Pages 248
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IF WE SAY THAT NEPAL HAS PLUNGED INTO DARKNESS, THEN IT IS OUR DUTY, OUR RIGHT, AND INDEED, OUR JOY TO SAVE IT. THE FATE OF THE COUNTRY IS IN OUR HANDS. In Paradise in Our Backyard, Karna Sakya—conservationist, entrepreneur and patriot—relates how he set up the now iconic Kathmandu Guest House in his family’s historic house in Thamel. The hotel ushered in a new chapter in tourism in Nepal and was instrumental in establishing Thamel as the multicultural hub for tourism that it is today. He subsequently set up other hotels and lodges and played a pioneering role in introducing eco-tourism and adventure tourism in Nepal. He introduced the concept of ‘niche’ tourism in Nepal, packaging subjects of interest for discerning travellers, and was also one of the principal architects of the hugely successful ‘Visit Nepal Year’ organized by the Nepali government in 1998 which boosted tourism and gave a huge fillip to the economy. Sakya’s account of growing up in a large Newari joint family in Kathmandu, his higher education in the Forest Research Institute, Dehra Dun, his work with the forest department and his distinguished career as entrepreneur and hotelier makes compelling reading. Karna Sakya made an immense contribution to the social sector as well. In 1987, after losing his wife and daughter to cancer, he overcame personal grief to build Nepal’s first cancer hospital by coming up with the innovative idea of levying a one-paisa tax on every cigarette sold in the country. Paradise in Our Backyard, translated by the author from the Nepali best-seller Soch, is a lucid, engaging and honest account of a remarkable life. In a nation that is today battling pessimism and uncertainty, it makes the inspiring point that one man can make a difference, that change can be brought about by hard work and unflagging determination.