Nepal Reading List

There aren’t a lot of Nepali authors that have been written in or translated into English.  Samrat Upadhyay is one of the few and he’s my favorite.  He’s been called the ‘Buddhist Chekhov’.  Arresting God in Kathmandu is a collection of short stories that are little personal glimpses into average peoples’ lives, and Buddha’s Orphans -one of my favorite books- is a gorgeous love story set in contemporary Kathmandu that is is rich in background details of life there during political unrest.

Little Princes is by an American author who came for a quick volunteer trip and ended up staying for much longer than he thought.  A look at some of the problems with child trafficking and corruption that Nepal faces.

While the Gods are Sleeping is a fascinating look at women’s lives in rural Nepal and how they make their voices heard in the changing social and political environment.


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