ISBN 9788184005783,Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Author:

Thomas Bell

Publisher:

Random House

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ISBN 9788184005783
Publisher

Random House

Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788184005783

ISBN-10 8184005784
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 496 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Travel writing

Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalaya; a unique survival of cultural practices that died out in India a thousand years ago. It is a carnival of sexual licence and hypocrisy, a jewel of world art, a hotbed of communist revolution, a paradigm of failed democracy, a case study in bungled Western intervention, and an environmental catastrophe.


Closed to the outside world until 1951 and trapped in a medieval time warp, Kathmandu’s rapid modernization is an extreme version of what is happening in many traditional societies. The many layers of the city’s development are reflected in the successive generations of its gods and goddesses, witches and ghosts; the comforts of caste; the ethos of aristocracy and kingship; and the lately destabilizing spirits of consumer aspiration, individuality, egalitarianism, communism and democracy.


Kathmandufollows the author’s story through a decade in the city, and unravels the city’s history through successive reinventions of itself. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, it is the fascinating chronicle of a unique city.


About the Author : - Thomas Bellwas born in the north of England in 1978 and studied at Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art. After university he moved to Kathmandu to cover the civil war in Nepal for the Daily Telegraph, The Economist, and other publications. He was the South East Asia correspondent of the Daily Telegraphbefore returning to Kathmandu, where he lives with his family.

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