Archive for January 19th, 2010

Around the World – Nepal

Want to take a trip around the world? In this economy the best many of us will be able to afford will be those taken in our armchairs, but that could be the best way to travel. No lines, no screaming infants (or adults!) on interminable flights, no packing! We’ll “visit” a new place each month, highlighting culture, history, and even politics. Are you ready for our first excursion? Well then, welcome to Nepal.

A building in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A few facts before we get into the resources:

  • Nepal is a rugged country, landlocked between China and India, slightly larger than the U.S. state of Arkansas.
  • It is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama¬† otherwise known as Buddha.
  • Its most famous “landmark” is probably Mount Everest.
  • While over 90% of the population speak Nepali, more than 20 different languages and their dialects are spoken in Nepal.

BOOKS:

The Soul of a Rhino: A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureacrats, Shamans and Scientists, and the Indian Rhinoceros – Hemanta Mishra

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya – Jamaica Kincaid

Love and Death in Kathmandu – Amy Willesee

The Guru of Love – Samrat Upadhyay

Himalayan Passage: Seven Months in the High Country of Tibet, Nepal, China, India and Pakistan – Jeremy Schmidt

Hidden Himalayas – Thomas L. Kelly

Rhythms of a Himalayan Village – Hugh R. Downs

The King Who Rides a Tiger, and Other Folk Tales from Nepal – Patricia Hitchcock

Tiger of the Snows: The Boy Whose Dream Was Everest – Robert Burleigh

WEB PAGES:

Library of Congress: Country Study

U.S. Department of State: Background Information

Kathmandu Post

PBS: Lost Treasures of Tibet

Wikipedia