India and Nepal: Truth is stranger than fiction

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Title:India and Nepal: Truth is stranger than fiction


Author:Matti Munnukka

Editor:Annukka Klinge

Publisher:Himalayan Map House

Publish Year:2017

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Autobiography / Memoirs


Remarks:Colour and B&W Photographs and Acknowledgements.


Size:140 x 214 mm


Price:USD 8.50

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  • This book describes the author’s first journey to India and Nepal in 1984. He was a third-year geography student when he decided to make his dream come true, and to travel to India, Nepal, and Himalaya with his friends. 

    Kathmandu, the capital of Kingdom of Nepal, and the highest mountains of the world like Mount Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Makalu and Kangchenjunga, were familiar to him only from maps or literature. The mountains were hidden behind the clouds and it rained for days. The breathtaking mountain scenery was visible only momentarily. 

    The trip took place in May and June during the hot and rainy monsoon season. Unlike the peak tourist seasons in spring and fall, the monsoon caused much pain and suffering from rains and muddy trails, landslides, leeches, snakes, bad food, and severe diarrhea. After returning to Finland, the author had lost 20 pounds of his weight, and looked like a skinny Indian holy man. This did not, however, prevent the author from returning to Nepal again and again

    Matti Munnukka

    Matti Munnukka is a citizen of Finland. He grew up in Espoo and studied geography at the University of Helsinki. He travelled for the first time to India and Nepal in 1984 and studied and lived in Kathmandu and travelled widely in Nepal and India Himalaya in 1985-1986 and 1988. He has two academic degrees at the University of Helsinki on forests and development issues in Nepal. Since 1993 he has worked at the National Library of Finland as map expert.
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