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  • An Area of Darkness

    An Area of Darkness

    by V S Naipaul
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    A luminous and challenging work of autobiographical travel writing. An Area of Darkness is V.S. Naipaul's semi-autobiographical account-at once painful and hilarious, always concerned-of his first visit to India, the land of his forbears. From the moment of his inauspicious arrival in Prohibition-dry Bombay, bearing whisky and cheap brandy, he began to experience a sense of cultural estrangement from the subcontinent. It became for him a land of myths, an area of darkness closing up behind him as he travelled . . . The experience was not a pleasant one, but the pain the author suffered was creative rather than numbing, and engendered a masterful work of literature that is by turns tender, lyrical, explosive and cruel. With spectacular narrative skill, Naipaul provides a revelation both of India and of himself: a displaced person who paradoxically possesses a stronger sense of place than almost anyone. 'A masterpiece of travel-writing' Paul Theroux 'Brilliant' Observer.A luminous and challenging work of autobiographical travel writing. An Area of Darkness is V.S. Naipaul's semi-autobiographical account-at once painful and hilarious, always concerned-of his first visit to India, the land of his forbears. From the moment of his inauspicious arrival in Prohibition-dry Bombay, bearing whisky and cheap brandy, he began to experience a sense of cultural estrangement from the subcontinent. It became for him a land of myths, an area of darkness closing up behind him as he travelled . . . The experience was not a pleasant one, but the pain the author suffered was creative rather than numbing, and engendered a masterful work of literature that is by turns tender, lyrical, explosive and cruel. With spectacular narrative skill, Naipaul provides a revelation both of India and of himself: a displaced person who paradoxically possesses a stronger sense of place than almost anyone. 'A masterpiece of travel-writing' Paul Theroux 'Brilliant' Observer.

     

    About the Author 

    V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and most recently The Masque of Africa, and a collection of letters, Between a Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

  • The Two-Year Mountain

    The Two-Year Mountain

    by Phil Deutschle
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    With his life in the balance as he hangs from a rope—alone, high in the Himalayas—a young idealist relives his relentless struggle as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village in Nepal. When Phil Deutschle sets out for Nepal, he’s naively unaware of the ordeals he will face—striving to teach in the Nepali language, suffering from debilitating disease, painfully adapting to a foreign culture—but imperceptibly, over two years, he grows so attached to the village that he ultimately leaves it in tears. Following the alienation of his departure, he sets off on a reckless, solo climb of Mount Pharchamo, hardly caring whether he survives. Now, thirty-four years later, Deutschle returns to his village, intent on learning the fate of his family and his students in the wake of Nepal’s bloody Maoist civil war. Vividly written and deeply felt, The Two Year-Mountain combines adventure, travel and autobiography with rare skill.

     

    About the Author

    Phil Deutschle, peripatetic teacher, has worked in places as diverse as Nepal, Denmark, Israel, Botswana, Bolivia and California. He has climbed in the Himalayas, the Andes and the Sierra Nevada; cycled across the Namib and Kalahari deserts, and Southwest US; and hitchhiked three times across the US, throughout Europe, and Africa. Apart from Two Year Mountain, Phil has writtenAcross African Sand: Journeys of a Witch-Doctor’s Son-in-Law.

  • Microsoft dekhi bahun dada samma

    Microsoft dekhi bahun dada samma

    by John wood
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    अमेरिकाको केलग स्कुुलबाट व्यवस्थापनमा स्नातकोत्तर गरेका जोन उडले सन् १९९१ मा माइक्रोसफ्टमा आबद्ध हुनुअघि केही वर्ष ब्यांकमा काम गरेका थिए । कडा परिश्रम र दृढ संकल्पका कारण उनी अति छिटो अगाडि बढे र समुद्रपार अस्ट्रेलिया र चीनमा राम्रो कामको जिम्मा पाए । विशाल चीन क्षेत्रका लागि माइक्रोसफ्टको व्यापार विकास निर्देशकका रूपमा काम गर्दैगर्दा उडले आफ्नो जीवनको उद्देश्य बदले र बालबालिकालाई गरिबीको चक्रबाट बाहिर ल्याउन उनीहरूलाई आजीवन शिक्षाको उपहार दिने निर्णय गरे । सन् २००० देखि उनले नेपाल, भारत, श्रीलंका, कम्बोडिया, लाओस, भियतनाम र अफ्रिकामा साक्षरता वृद्धि गर्ने उद्देश्यले रूम टु रिड नामक नाफा नकमाउने संस्था स्थापना गरे । 
    ‘माइक्रोसफ्टदेखि बाहुनडाँडासम्म’ आफ्नो व्यवस्थापन निपुणता र उद्यमशील उत्साहको अर्थपूर्ण निकासको खोज गर्ने जोन उडकोे संघर्षको वृत्तान्त हो । माइक्रोसफ्टजस्तो ठूलो कम्पनीबाट सिकेको पाठलाई आधारभूत शिक्षाको समस्या हटाउन प्रयोग गर्न सकिन्छ भनेर उड सजीव, भावनात्मक र मग्न तुल्याउने कथा बुन्छन् माइक्रोसफ्टदेखि बाहुनडाँडासम्ममा । जीवनमा ठूलो सफलता प्राप्त गरेका मानिस जो आफूले पाएको केही चीज अरूलाई दिँदा जीवन कस्तो हुँदो हो भनी घोत्लिन्छन्, तिनका लागि यो कथा साँच्चीकै प्रेरणा–गाथा हुन सक्छ ।
     
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    जोन उड अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय संस्था ‘रिड’का प्रमुख कार्यकारी निर्देशक हुन् । ‘रिड’ खोल्नुअघि उनी माइक्रोसफ्ट कम्पनीमा कार्यरत थिए ।
  • Mantha Darayeko Jug

    Mantha Darayeko Jug

    by Mohan Mainali
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    अमेरिकी कवि स्टेफन क्रेनले कस्तो लडाइँ देखे कुन्नि, युद्ध दयालु हुन्छ भनेर कविता लेखे । उनले त्यो कविता लेखेको झन्डै एक सय वर्षपछि नेपालमा दस वर्ष लडाइँ भयो । यसले लडाकुलाई मात्र होइन लडाइँमा नलागेका मानिसलाई पनि पिल्स्यायो । यस पुस्तकमा लडाइँले मारेका ती मानिसका कुरा छन् जो आपूm र आफ्ना परिवारको ज्यान बचाउन रातोदिन मेहनत गर्थे । यस पुस्तकमा ती जीवित मानिसका कुरा पनि छन् जो आफन्त वियोगको पीडाले जिउँदै, पटकपटक मारिएका छन् । लडाइँमा कतै पनि नलागेका पत्रकारले देखेको त्यस कठोर युगको, त्यस निर्दयी लडाइँको चित्र हो मान्ठा डराएको जुग ।
     
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    मोहन मैनाली पत्रकार तथा बहुचर्चित वृत्तचित्र ‘जोगीमाराका ज्यूँदाहरू ’का निर्देशक हुन् । उनको ‘उपल्लो थलो’ नियात्रा पनि प्रकाशित छ ।
  • Travelling In, Travelling Out: A Book of Unexpected Journeys

    Travelling In, Travelling Out: A Book of Unexpected Journeys

    by Namita Gokhale
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    This is an unusual collection of travel pieces by writers ranging from M.J. Akbar and Aman Nath to Devdutt Pattanaik, Jerry Pinto, Rahul Pandita and Advaita Kala. Featured here are essays on the changing face of the popular hill resort-Nainital, living as a Pakistani in the remote city of Copenhagen, a woman traveller being strip-searched at an American airport and traversing the dark interiors of the haunted Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, among others. Focusing on the Indian experience, the book captures a country of shifting landscapes - physical, cultural, psychological. A departure from the traditional travel narrative, this is a unique collection for the travel-book buff.

     

    About the Author

    Namita Gokhale is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including Paro: Dreams of Passion, Gods, Graves and Grandmother, A Himalayan Love Story and Priya: In Incredible Indyaa and the landmark anthology, In Search of Sita. Her much-acclaimed collection of short stories, The Habit of Love, was published in January 2012. Namita Gokhale is also co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival and Mountain Echoes: The Bhutan Literary Festival.

     

     

     

  • India: A Wounded Civilization

    India: A Wounded Civilization

    by V.S. Naipaul
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    A penetrating survey of this tormented continent by one of the literary heavyweights of our age In 1964 V.S. Naipaul published An Area of Darkness, his semi-autobiographical account of a year in India. Two visits later, prompted by the Emergency of 1975, he came to write India: A Wounded Civilization, in which he casts a more analytical eye over Indian attitudes. In this work, he recapitulates and further investigates the feelings that the vast, mysterious and agonised continent has previously aroused in him. What he sees and what he hears-evoked so superbly and vividly in this book-only reinforce in him his conviction that India, wounded by a thousand years of foreign rule, has not yet found an ideology of regeneration. 'A devastating work' The Times 'Brilliant' Spectator.

     

    About the Author

    V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at Oxford he began to write and since then he has followed no other profession. He is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Booker Prize in 1971 and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

  • A Glimpse of Eternal Snows

    A Glimpse of Eternal Snows

    by Jane Wilson-Howarth
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    In pulsating, polluted Kathmandu, and an idyllic village at the foot of the Himalayas, ‘Doctor Jane’ and her engineer husband Simon hope to make a difference: Jane to fulfil her vision to heal and advocate for the poor, Simon to avert the floods that threaten to devastate the country every monsoon. And even as they take to the Nepali way of life, they find sanity, compassion and joy with baby David, who in England was little more than an ‘interesting case’. A moving, candid story of courage, love and a family’s determination to give their child the best life possible, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows is a must read.

     

    About the Author

    Jane Wilson-Howarth, a medical doctor and zoologist, is an authority on travel health and hygiene promotion. She lived with her family in Nepal for six years and has also worked with WaterAid in south India. She currently lives in Cambridge, UK.

  • Istanbul: Memories of a City

    Istanbul: Memories of a City

    by Orhan Pamuk
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    Istanbul is a shimmering evocation, by turns intimate and panoramic, of one of the worlds great cities, by its foremost writer orhan pamuk, winner of the nobel prize in 2006, was born in istanbul, in the family apartment building where his mother first held him in her arms his portrait of his city is thus also a self-portrait, refracted by memory and the melancholy-or hüzün- that all istanbullus share: the sadness that comes of living amid the ruins of a lost ottoman empire as he companionably guides us across the bosphorus, through istanbuls historical monuments and lost paradises, its dilapidated ottoman villas, back streets and waterways, he also introduces us to the citys writers, artists and murderers like the dublin of joyce and jan morris venice, pamuks istanbul is a triumphant encounter of place and sensibility, beautifully written and immensely moving.

     

    About the Author

    Orhan Pamuk, described as 'one of the freshest, most original voices in contemporary fiction' (Independent on Sunday), is the author of many books, including The White Castle, The Black Book and The New Life. In 2003 he won the International IMPAC Award for My Name is Red, and in 2004 Faber published the translation of his novel Snow, which The Times described as 'a novel of profound relevance to the present moment'. His most recent book was Istanbul, described by Jan Morris as 'irresistibly seductive'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2006. He lives in Istanbul.

  • To the Farthest Rock

    To the Farthest Rock

    by Mohan Rakesh
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  • Beyond the holy border Beyond the holy border

    Beyond the holy border Beyond the holy border

    by Bhisma Upreti
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    Written in a reflective style, this travelogue takes readers on a journey to Mansarovar, a holy pilgrimage site, through Simikot and Kalikot, through pine forests and mountain passes. Reading this travel account, one is tempted to pack one's bag and embark on a journey following on the footsteps of the writer. 

     

    About the Author

    Bhisma Uprety has published over a dozen books of poetry and essays. He has received the Uttam Shanti Award, the Yuwa Varsha Moti Award and the first prize in the National Poetry Festival organized by the Nepal Academy. A member of the Nepal Chapter of PEN International, Bhisma works at the Central Bank of Nepal. 

  • The Snow Leopard

    The Snow Leopard

    by Peter Matthiessen
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    One September, the writer and explorer Peter Matthiessen set out with field biologist George Schaller to journey 250 miles through the Himalayas to the Crystal Mountain on the Tibetan plateau. They wanted to study the wild blue sheep, the bharal, but also hoped to see the snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical. "The Snow Leopard" is not only an exquisite book of natural history but an extraordinary account of an inner journey; a 'true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart'.

     

    About the Author

    Peter Matthiessen (May 22, 1927 - April 5, 2014) was an American novelist, naturalist, wilderness writer and CIA agent. A co-founder of the literary magazine The Paris Review, he was a 2008 National Book Award winner. He was also a prominent environmental activist. His nonfiction featured nature and travel, notably The Snow Leopard (1978) and American Indian issues and history, such as a detailed and controversial study of the Leonard Peltier case, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (1983). His fiction was adapted for film: the early story "Travelin' Man" was made into The Young One (1960) by Luis Buñuel and the novel At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1965) into the 1991 film of the same name.


    In 2008, at age 81, Matthiessen received the National Book Award for Fiction for Shadow Country, a one-volume, 890-page revision of his three novels set in frontier Florida that had been published in the 1990s. According to critic Michael Dirda, "No one writes more lyrically [than Matthiessen] about animals or describes more movingly the spiritual experience of mountaintops, savannas, and the sea."

  • The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native

    by Thomas Hardy
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    The Return of the Native is widely recognised as the most representative of Hardy's Wessex novels. He evokes the dismal presence and menacing beauty of Egdon Heath - reaching out to touch the lives and fate of all who dwell on it. The central figure is Clym Yeobright, the returning 'native' and the story tells of his love for the beautiful but capricious Eustacia Vye.

    As the narrative unfolds and character after character is driven to self-destruction the presence of the Heath becomes all-embracing, while Clym becomes a travelling preacher in an attempt to assuage his guilt.

    About the Author

    Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist in the tradition of George Eliot, he was influenced both in his novels and in his poetry by Romanticism.

  • The Rise and Fall of Nations

    The Rise and Fall of Nations

    by Ruchir Sharma
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    The crisis of 2008 ended the illusion of a golden era in which many people imagined that prosperity and political calm would continue to spread indefinitely. In a world now racked by slowing growth and mounting unrest, how can we discern which nations will thrive and which will fail?

    Shaped by prize-winning author Ruchir Sharma's twenty-five years travelling the world, The Rise and Fall of Nations rethinks economics as a practical art. By narrowing down the thousands of factors that can shape a country's future, it spells out ten clear rules for identifying the next big winners and losers in the global economy.

    Each rule looks at a nation's political, economic, and social conditions in real time to filter out the hype and noise. 'People Matters' shows how slow population growth is eroding economic growth, and ranks nations by how well they respond. The 'circle of life' describes the way cycles of political complacency and revolt fuel economic booms and bust. Amid growing tensions over inequality, 'Good Billionaires, Bad Billionaires' demonstrates how billionaire lists yield clues to which economies are most or least threatened by extreme wealth. In a period when the world is struggling with trillions of dollars in new debt, the 'Kiss of Debt' explains which nations are most likely to avert this threat or buckle under it.

    Together, the ten rules are instructive for anyone who wants to know which nations are most likely to rise or fall in our own time. The final chapter takes the reader on a surprising world tour of the likely winners and losers in the near future. Enlivened by Sharma's encounters with presidents, tycoons, and villagers from Rio to Beijing, this book is a pioneering field guide to understanding our impermanent world.

     

    About the Author

    Ruchir Sharma is Head of Emerging Markets and Chief Global Strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. With more than $20 billion of assets under management, Ruchir is one of the world's largest investors. He typically spends one week every month in a different emerging market where he meets leading politicians, top CEOs and other local characters.


    Ruchir has been a writer for even longer than he has been an investor. He started writing at the age of 17 for India's largest economic daily, The Economic Times and is now a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Times of India. His essays have also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Time, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes and Bloomberg View. For much of the last decade he had been a contributing editor with Newsweek, where he wrote a regular column titled 'Global Investor'. 

    Ruchir may be most well-known for his 2012 book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles. Breakout Nations debuted as the number one bestseller in India, and earned Sharma the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award for 2012. Breakout Nations also made the Wall Street Journal hardcover business bestseller list, and was chosen by Foreign Policy as one of its “21 Books to Read in 2012”. Ruchir’s next book, The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World will be released on June 7, 2016. 

    Bloomberg named Ruchir one of the top 50 Most Influential people in the world in October 2015. In 2012, Sharma was selected as one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and in June 2013, India's premier weekly magazine Outlook named Ruchir as one of The World's 25 Smartest Indians. The World Economic Forum in Davos selected Ruchir as one of the world’s “Top Young Leaders” in 2007. 

    Ruchir is especially passionate about politics and has formed an informal group of senior Indian editors with whom he travels extensively before every major state or national election; usually logging in over 1,000 miles over 4-5 days, meeting with the nation’s top leaders and getting a first-hand feel of local politics. Ruchir arranged the first trip with three journalist friends in 1998 and has since nurtured it into a much sought-after ritual with 20 regular fellow travelers.

    Ruchir's other interests include athletics and a serious commitment to running. Despite his extensive travels, he tries not to miss a single day of training no matter where he is in the world. He regularly trains with his former Olympics coach and competes in sprinting events. In 2011, he represented India in the World Masters Athletic championship in Sacramento. Ruchir also has a keen interest in wildlife and in international cinema and makes it a point to attend major film festivals anytime he can find a moment from his investing, writing and running.

  • INDIA : A MILLION MUTINIES NOW

    INDIA : A MILLION MUTINIES NOW

    by V.S. Naipaul
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    In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years before. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece of journalism and cultural analysis, a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by repeated foreign invasions and immured in a mythic vision of its past. Drawing on novels, news reports, and political memoirs -- but most of all on his conversations with ordinary Indians, from princes to engineers and feudal village autocrats -- Naipaul captures India’s manifold complexities.

     

    About the Author

    V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction and the recipient of numerous honours, including the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Booker Prize in 1971, and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

  • The Great Railway Bazaar

    The Great Railway Bazaar

    by Paul Theroux
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    The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux’s account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes – the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto and the Trans-Siberian Express – it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met. Here he overhears snippets of chat and occasional monologues, and is drawn into conversation with fellow passengers, from Molesworth, a British theatrical agent, and Sadik, a shabby Turkish tycoon, while avoiding the forceful approaches of pimps and drug dealers. This wonderfully entertaining travelogue pays loving tribute to the romantic joys of railways and train travel.

     

    About the Author

    Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941. He has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including The Last Train to Zona VerdeDark Star SafariGhost Train to the Eastern StarRiding the Iron RoosterThe Great Railway Bazaar, The Elephanta SuiteA Dead Hand, The Tao of Travel and The Lower RiverThe Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands. His most recent work is Deep South, which is published by Hamish Hamilton.

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