I was a UNDP volunteer in Kathmandu from 1968-71, during the hippy era, and before mass tourism hit Nepal. I kept diaries at the time and have recently used them as the basis of a novel called 'Master of the Moon'. It is a mixed-genre work, with elements of autobiography, travelogue, and philosophical discourse. I was privileged to become an honorary member of a Nepalese family, and in the course of telling the narrative I share my insights into Nepalese family life, culture and religion. I think the end result is a very readable book that will both entertain and enlighten any tourist visiting Nepal.
The book is available as an e-book and as a paper-back from Amazon.
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