Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya

Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya

by Britta Das
     
 

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Often seen as a magical paradise at the end of the world, Bhutan is inaccessible to most travellers. Set against the dramatic scenery of the Himalaya, this beguiling memoir reveals hardships and happiness in a land almost untouched by the West. When Britta Das goes to work as a physiotherapist in a remote village hospital, her good intentions are put to the test amid

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Often seen as a magical paradise at the end of the world, Bhutan is inaccessible to most travellers. Set against the dramatic scenery of the Himalaya, this beguiling memoir reveals hardships and happiness in a land almost untouched by the West. When Britta Das goes to work as a physiotherapist in a remote village hospital, her good intentions are put to the test amid monsoons, fleas, and startling conditions. But as she visits homes in the mountains and learns the mysteries of tantric Buddhism, the country captivates her very soul.

Gaining insights into the traditions of this mystical kingdom, Britta makes friends, falls in love, and battles illness. Throughout it all, as she writes, she worries about the "destructive nearness of technology" and fears that Bhutan's charm and innocence may soon be lost. Still, Bhutan has endured for centuries, and there is no denying that the country has transformed her life forever.

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From the Publisher
... a memoir by Brita Das, a youngish Torontonian who was a Volunteer Service Overseas physiotherapist in the tiny country that until recently as all but closed to foreigners but now, also no doubt, grows more open all the time. She tells us a good deal about the country, its culture and customs, and a great deal about herself. So remote is the destination that this is only the second Canadian book about Bhutan.
The University of Michigan Press - Fritz Blackwell
... fascinating and so very readable. An American or Canadian high school or college student would likely find the work interesting and valuable for its adventuresome account.
Michael Buckley
Through the eyes of Britta Das, we gain valuable insight into the realm of Bhutan... compelling reading.
Michael Buckley author of Heartlands: Travels in the Tibetan World
Through the eyes of Britta Das, we gain valuable insight into the realm of Bhutan... compelling reading.
The University of Michigan Press
"... fascinating and so very readable. An American or Canadian high school or college student would likely find the work interesting and valuable for its adventuresome account."
— Fritz Blackwell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788129109552
Publisher:
Rupa & Company
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
312

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"... fascinating and so very readable. An American or Canadian high school or college student would likely find the work interesting and valuable for its adventuresome account."

Meet the Author

Britta Das went to work in Bhutan as a physiotherapist under the auspices of VSO, the British aid organization. Buttertea at Sunrise, her first book, has been published in Britain, India, Germany, and Holland. Born in Germany, Britta now lives in Toronto, where she continues to work as a physiotherapist.

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