I hope you are well. I am very well, but I am very busy. Thank you for your letter. Why are you learning flute from a Tibetan? You seem to like bhotiyas. I am not surprised that the Tibetan girl behaved like that in the restaurant. They are not civilised people. In fact they are dangerous. I am studying hard, and I speak French quite well now. I went with other students to Versailles last weekend. It is a very, very big palace. Bigger even than the Singha Durbar. A queen called Marie Antoinette lived there, and when the people were starving, she said: 'let them eat cake'! The poor people were very angry, because cake was too expensive, and they caught her and chopped her head off with a big knife called a guillotine. It drops down from high up which was very efficient. Poor Marie-Antoinette. I am sorry for her. We ate patisserie after that, but it was too sweet. The weather has not been good, so I bought a very pretty umbrella. I am very busy so more later.
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