Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

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Title:Radio Shangri-la: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

ISBN:9780307453020

Author:Lisa Napoli

Publisher:Crown Publishers

Publish Year:2010

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Bhutan | Trek/Travel/Travel account

Language:English

Remarks:B&W Illustration, Epilogue, Acknowledgments and Bibliography.

Pages:277

Size:164 x 243 mm

Weight(gms):530

Price:USD 9.32

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  • Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.

    Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.

    Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.

    In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.

    Lisa Napoli

    When Lisa Napoli found herself unhappy with her work in the fast-paced U.S. media world, she volunteered to help start Bhutan's first youth-oriented radio station. Bhutan is a small kingdom in the Himalayas, surrounded by giants India and China; it's home to just 650,000 residents, most of whom make their living as subsistence farmers. The nation has experienced rapid change in the past forty years, becoming a democracy in 2008 after a century of monarchy. In her time in Bhutan, Napoli learned more about the people, history and culture of the "last Buddhist kingdom" and the so-called "happiest kingdom on Earth," and she also learned quite a bit about herself: How to be grateful for what she has, instead of regretful for what she doesn't. How helping others is far more important than focusing on one's own narrow universe. Earlier in her career, Lisa was the Internet correspondent for MSNBC, a columnist for MSNBC.com, and the first staff reporter/columnist at the NY Times Cybertimes, now defunct. She's also worked at a division of the home shopping channel QVC, in craft services for the horror film Hellraiser 3, and in public relations for Summit House, an alternative to prison for women and their kids in Greensboro, North Carolina. She began her career at CNN in 1984. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Lisa is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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