I was pleased to get your loving letter. I am sure your mother will change her mind sooner or later. Don’t forget what the bajay said.
Thank you for the nice red kiss, but I wish it had been on my lips instead of the letter! My leg is much better now, so don't worry. I haven’t had the tear in my trousers mended yet, so I'm wearing another pair. They were old trousers, so I may give them away.
I did talk to Sabitha about leaving the UN. She's very nice, and I like her a lot, but there is nothing she can say to change the situation. It's time for me to return to England. Remember, I am just a volunteer, and came on a two year assignment. I suppose I could apply for a proper UN job, but I haven’t enjoyed the work here. Mixing people from different work cultures, Nepali, Palestinian, Greek, British and so on doesn't work well. I will go back to England and get a good job, and then your mother will be satisfied that I can give you a good life.
Oh yes! Sabitha sent me a ticket for the French Film Festival. I sat next to her as her guest. The film was called ‘Je t'aime. Je t'aime.’ The hall was full, no doubt because of the title! It was about a man who was sent back in time and the scientists were unable to bring him back to the present. It really was a stupid film, and the sound track was faulty so I didn't enjoy it.
Don't worry about the girls at the Soaltee hotel. I go from time to time just for a change. I don't like sitting in my dark flat - except when you are there!
It's raining a lot at present, and all my clothes are getting mouldy. There's even mould inside the camera lens, so I fear it's ruined. It's my father's Zeiss Ikon camera, so he'll be pretty angry with me!
Well, no more news. I hope to get a letter from you soon. I miss you so much. Please obey your mother and come back soon! I hope you have not forgotten 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