Kathmandu

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Title:Kathmandu

ISBN:9780143428121

Author:Thomas Bell

Publisher:Penguin Random House India

Publish Year:2014

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Nepal Politics | Nepal War and Conflict | Nepal Culture and Custom

Language:English

Remarks:B&W Photographs, Map, Notes, Bibliographies and Acknowledgments.

Pages:463

Size:135 x 215 mm

Weight(gms):505

Price:USD 9.41

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  • Kathmandu is the greatest city of the Himalayas a unique survival of cultural practices that died out in India 1000 years ago. It is a carnival of sexual license 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 elsewhere in many traditional societies. The many layers of the city’s developments 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, of late, the destabilizing spirits of consumer aspiration, individuality, egalitarianism, communism and democracy. 

    Kathmandu follows the author’s story over a decade in the city and unravels the city’s history through successive reinventions of itself. Erudite, entertaining and accessible, this is the distinctive chronicle of a fascinating city.

     

    Thomas Bell

    Thomas Bell was 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 Telegraph before returning to Kathmandu, where he lives with his family.
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