A Beard In Nepal

A Beard In Nepal

by Fiona Roberts


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'A Beard In Nepal' is the story of the five months Tod and Fiona spent in a small, remote village high in the Himalayas of Nepal, attempting to teach English to the village children.

It is the story of an ordinary (?) middle aged couple from Liverpool who did an extraordinary thing, and lived to tell the tale.

The book is an often humorous account of the challenges they faced while, for example, trying to teach the children in a small wooden hut, high up in the middle of a forest, without the benefit of water, electricity or toilet.
They faced a constant struggle with the horrendous, debilitating effects of altitude sickness; the always present threat from wild tigers; severely restricted diet; and hair raising journeys along some of the highest, most dangerous roads in the world.

They were among the first white people ever to visit the village of Salle, and could not have been received more warmly by the villagers and children, who did everything they could to make Tod and Fiona's stay in the village a happy one.

We follow the couple as they teach a variety of sports and games to the children; as Tod builds them a see-saw; and as they brave the chaotic and dangerous mountain roads to visit the old Everest Base Camp of Edmund Hillary's time.

The book highlights a number of interesting areas, not least the immense difference between the lives of the village children in Nepal and those of the children growing up in the West.

Fiona and Tod also managed to visit Tibet, and climbed up to the awesome Potala Palace in Lhasa, having water thrown at them by a Chinese dignitary along the way.

And of course the book also focuses on the time they spent in dirty, grimy, manic Kathmandu.
'A Beard In Nepal' is on Amazon as an Ebook and has downloaded approx 3,000 copies.
The second part, 'A Beard In Nepal 2. Return to the Village' is now also out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780996752
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 153
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Fiona Roberts was born in Liverpool. She taught English in Paris for 9 years, and then returning to England, taught in Canterbury and Folkestone.She was married to Billy Roberts, a medium, and for several years ran an agency promoting his work, and the work of other psychics and mediums. She also wrote books for him. In 2009 they spent 5 months in Nepal teaching English in an isolated village. They returned there in 2011. Those trips have changed their lives.Fiona is a working medium and gives private readings. She also works part time in an office in inner city Liverpool, dealing with the public. Her feet are firmly planted on the ground.

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A Beard In Nepal 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mapleleaf24 More than 1 year ago
As a teacher of adult Nepalese students in the UK it was a real eye opener to find out about the educational system in a small village school and the difficulties faced by Fiona without all the 'hardware' available for teachers here. The trials and tribulations of the transport system and their amazing adventures on the buses from Kathmandu to the village plus all the walking involved made me aware of the hardships they endured; but there were also joyous occasions as they discovered the kindness of the people along the way, many with no money who shared whatever they had, and especially the fascination with Tod's beard - a rare sight indeed in Nepal. Told with lively descriptions, humour, an appreciation of the people in the village and the kids at the school and also their fascinating adventures as they battled with the bureaucracy they encountered regularly.
boston13 More than 1 year ago
A great read: an adventure tale filled with colorful characters starting with the author and her partner, with beautifully rendered scenery, the whole stitched together with laugh-out-loud humor. What started as a desire to do good turned into a lifetime commitment to the delightful inhabitants of a remote Himalayan village, including the furry ones. I think other readers will join me in urging Fiona and Tod to start planning their next trip because we all want to hear more!
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Juliemc More than 1 year ago
For a heady mixture of travel narrative, humanity and comic escapades A Beard in Nepal provides an honest and very personal account of a five month experience teaching English in the Everest region of Nepal. Capturing the spirit and charm of Nepal, Fiona and Tod with their quick wit and easy smiles quickly establish themselves into Nepalese village life, experiencing many highs and lows on the way. What stand out are the remarkable and enduring characters of those they meet along the way. The book vividly contrasts Western lifestyles with the simplicity of village life, highlighting how there is much more to Nepal than trekking and the busy streets of Kathmandu, and allows for reflection upon how people can enjoy life without Western materialism and values. The reader is immediately immersed into a world of adventure, spontaneous friendship and transcendent beauty, in a tale both earthly and metaphysical. This book is a wonderfully refreshing read, where we meet Woolley dog and his glamorous girlfriend, Ali Baba and charming little chaps known as 'leeches'. This sympathetically and knowledgably written book is both touching and inspirational, and cannot be recommended highly enough.
Helix22 More than 1 year ago
Reading Fiona Roberts's book is a humbling as well as a joyful experience. This is not your common garden travelogue, but a candid and often touching account of her travels in the Himalayas and a few months she and her partner spent teaching in a remote small community in Nepal. Fiona eschews clichés and instead focuses on personal experiences and emotions, and the reader is drawn into her narrative by a mixture of trepidation and amusement. Her joie de vivre is infectious, and enables her to relate not only their chaotic travelling experiences but also the true reality of her Nepalese friends' simple lives in sobering terms. When I reached the last chapter, having had tears in my eyes and a smile on my face in equal measures throughout, I selfishly felt I wanted Fiona and Tod to return to Salle, just so that hopefully she will write another entertaining and gripping account for me to read - and recommend to all my friends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with a wonderful sense of humor. Great characters, and a great real look into the life of Nepal.