I hope this finds you in good health as it leaves me. I am having a wonderful time in Paris. It is a beautiful city with a wonderful Metro. I like riding on it very much. I go shopping with my girl-friends. There are many fantastic clothes and perfumes in the shops, but everything is very expensive. French people are very kind and sophisticated. Everything is very clean and orderly. Special trucks arrive at the end of the day to collect the rubbish from the shops. In the houses they have carpets which cover the whole floor, and they put coloured paper with beautiful designs on the walls! I am busy doing my course. It is quite hard work, but languages are easy for me to learn. I like talking French. I feel clever when people understand me. I miss my mother and my sisters and I miss you and I am crying all the time. I wish you could be here with me. We could many interesting things together. The boys call out: 'Hello pretty!' and I don't reply. I am happy that I am beautiful just for you. I hope you like the picture. Please write to me.
Jim Coleman was a UNDP volunteer in Kathmandu from 1968-1971. Master of the Moon, his first published novel, draws on his encounters with the people, culture and religions of Nepal at that particular time, when Nepal was being discovered by baby-boomers travelling, for the most part, overland across Asia to find themselves through experiments with religion and hasheesh. On returning to the UK from Nepal, he followed a career in teaching and educational management in various countries, mostly in the employment of the British Council. Now retired, he runs a charity (Himalayan Education Lifeline ... full info