A Girl in the Himalayas


Author: David Jesus Vignolli
Publisher: Boom! Studios
ISBN: 1613988680
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 176
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Beyond the peaks and valleys of the Himalaya Mountains lies a magical sanctuary. Protected from the chaos of man, it is home to immortal beings and mystical creatures. When Vijaya, a young human, is brought into the sanctuary for her protection, some immortals fear her presence may lead to their ruin. But as mankind draws ever closer to the sanctuary’s border, Vijaya will have to prove that there is more to being human than the violence her new family fears beyond their borders. David Jesus Vignolli’s debut graphic novel A Girl in the Himalayas explores the astonishing potential of the human spirit.

Deep in the Indian Himalaya


Author: Vicki Pomeroy
Publisher: Deep in the Indian Himalaya
ISBN: 9780615156972
Category: Travel
Page: 356
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A collection of true stories written by an American woman living in a remote village in Pauri Garhwal, India. A colorful cast of characters takes readers beyond the superficial glimpse of conventional travel narratives, lending humanity to the otherwise nameless faces outside tour bus windows, while giving readers a profound, multifaceted introduction into the unique character and traditions of the Garhwali people: Their deep faith in god, primitive village conditions, the family, Hindu worship ceremonies, tantra-mantra rituals, small-terraced farming, humility, animal husbandry, focus on the group (as opposed to the individual), elaborate weddings, patience, a strong work ethic, ghosts, poverty, complex funerary rites, animal sacrifice, curses, the caste system, adherence to custom, restricted education & employment opportunities, soothsayers, god possessions, an intimate relationship with nature, fortitude, friendliness and immense respect for elders, ancestors & guests.

Love and Honor in the Himalayas

Coming To Know Another Culture
Author: Ernestine McHugh
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812202767
Category: Social Science
Page: 200
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American anthropologist Ernestine McHugh arrived in the foothills of the Annapurna mountains in Nepal, and, surrounded by terraced fields, rushing streams, and rocky paths, she began one of several sojourns among the Gurung people whose ramro hawa-pani (good wind and water) not only describes the enduring bounty of their land but also reflects the climate of goodwill they seek to sustain in their community. It was in their steep Himalayan villages that McHugh came to know another culture, witnessing and learning the Buddhist appreciation for equanimity in moments of precious joy and inevitable sorrow. Love and Honor in the Himalayas is McHugh's gripping ethnographic memoir based on research among the Gurungs conducted over a span of fourteen years. As she chronicles the events of her fieldwork, she also tells a story that admits feeling and involvement, writing of the people who housed her in the terms in which they cast their relationship with her, that of family. Welcomed to call her host Ama and become a daughter in the household, McHugh engaged in a strong network of kin and friendship. She intimately describes, with a sure sense of comedy and pathos, the family's diverse experiences of life and loss, self and personhood, hope, knowledge, and affection. In mundane as well as dramatic rituals, the Gurungs ever emphasize the importance of love and honor in everyday life, regardless of circumstances, in all human relationships. Such was the lesson learned by McHugh, who arrived a young woman facing her own hardships and came to understand—and experience—the power of their ways of being. While it attends to a particular place and its inhabitants, Love and Honor in the Himalayas is, above all, about human possibility, about what people make of their lives. Through the compelling force of her narrative, McHugh lets her emotionally open fieldwork reveal insight into the privilege of joining a community and a culture. It is an invitation to sustain grace and kindness in the face of adversity, cultivate harmony and mutual support, and cherish life fully.

Bio-social Issues in Health


Author: Anil Kishore Sinha
Publisher: Northern Book Centre
ISBN: 9788172112257
Category: Public health
Page: 598
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Themes included are:¿Issues on Health and Disease Approaches¿Health and Health Care Systems: Socio-cultural and Ecological Dimension¿Nutrition, Human Growth and Development¿Health and Mental Illness¿Contemporary Issues in Tribal Health and Care of the AgedContributors are from ¿Academic and research institutions of various States and Union Territories¿Subject specialists from different fields such as ¿Anthropology¿Biochemistry¿Bio-medicine ¿Community medicine¿Demography ¿Geography¿Home science¿Indigenous System of Medicine¿Ayurveda ¿Microbiology ¿ Pediatrics¿Philosophy¿Psychiatry and Social Psychology¿Covers a variety of therapies ranging from traditional to modern therapy for curing illness and disease¿Research Papers have been reviewed by the subject specialists¿Useful for the academicians from the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, home science, medical professionals, social scientists, administrators, planners, NGOs, teachers and students of various disciplines, and the broad spectrum of scholars interested in the science of man.

The Godfather of Kathmandu

A Royal Thai Detective Novel (4)
Author: John Burdett
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 030727294X
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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Sonchai Jitpleecheep—John Burdett’s inimitable Royal Thai Police detective with the hard-bitten demeanor and the Buddhist soul—is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Solving the murder could mean a promotion, but Sonchai, reeling from a personal tragedy, is more interested in Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama based in Kathmandu who has become his guru. There are, however, obstacles in Sonchai’s path to nirvana. Police Colonel Vikorn has just named Sonchai his consigliere (he’s been studying The Godfather on DVD): to troubleshoot, babysit, defuse, procure, reconnoiter—do whatever needs to be done in Vikorn’s ongoing battle with Army General Zinna for control of Bangkok’s network of illegal enterprises. And though Tietsin is enlightened and (eerily) charismatic, he also has forty million dollars’ worth of heroin for sale. If Sonchai truly wants to be an initiate into Tietsin’s “apocalyptic Buddhism,” he has to pull off a deal that will bring Vikorn and Zinna to the same side of the table. Further complicating the challenge is Tara: a Tantric practitioner who captivates Sonchai with her remarkable otherworldly techniques. Here is Sonchai put to the extreme test—as a cop, as a Buddhist, as an impossibly earthbound man—in John Burdett’s most wildly inventive, darkly comic, and wickedly entertaining novel yet. From the Hardcover edition.

Younguncle in the Himalayas


Author: Vandana Singh
Publisher: Zubaan
ISBN: 9788189013394
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 148
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When Younguncle And His Family Head Go Off On A Himalayan Holiday, You Know The Hills Are Never Going To Be The Same Again. Carrying A Message From The Monkeys Of The Plains To Their Mountain-Dwelling Relatives, Younguncle And The Three Children Embark On A Series Of Hilarious Encounters At The Gloomy, Mysterious And Haunted Hotel Pine-Away. As Younguncle Chats With The Monkeys, Debates The True Nature Of Reality With An Off-Beat Sect Of Quantum Banana Spiritualists, The Fate Of The Picturesque Little Valley Hangs In The Balance. Who Is The Strange Rat-Girl, Who Charms The Rodents Out Of Their Hotel? Can The Children And Their Eccentric Uncle Thwart The Plans Of That 50-Lakh Bridegroom, Pradeep Dalmakhni? Can Younguncle Help Dalmakhni S Intended Bride To Escape A Fate Worse Than Death? Or Has He, Finally, Met His Match? For All Those Who Have Been Enchanted By Younguncle In The First Book, This New Adventure Will Be A Delight. And If You Haven T Met Him Before, Younguncle Will Be A Friend For Life!

The Memsahibs

The Women of Victorian India
Author: Pat Barr
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571279104
Category: History
Page: 218
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Thousands of British women lived in India during Victorian times. They first went out as wives, mothers, sisters; others followed as teachers, doctors, missionaries. What they did and how they responded to their strange environment were seldom thought worthy of record, and writers have handed down to us a fictional image of the typical 'memsahib' as a frivolous, snobbish and selfish creature flitting from bridge to tennis parties 'in the hills'. For the most part, these clichs bear little resemblance to the truth; many women loyally and stoically accepted their share of the responsibility with endurance, courage and resilience. This story is developed around a number of women who wrote in an entertaining and intelligent fashion about their Indian experiences, starting with the arrival on the scene of one of the wittiest and cleverest of them all - Emily Eden, sister of Lord Auckland who was Governor-General from 1836 to 1842. It ends with Maud Diver, who maintained that the random assertion made by Kipling about the 'lower tone of social morality' in India was unjust and untrue. The dramatis personae of the book include Vicereines, wives of Civil Servants and missionaries struggling to break down the subservience of women throughout the vast sub-continent. Through women's eyes we witness the principal historic events at the time - the Afghan conflicts, the Mutiny - as well as the daily routines in very different cantonments and some of the British personalities who made their mark on nineteenth-century India - Honoria Lawrence, Flora Steel, Lady Sale. In this vivid account, Pat Barr evokes the sights and smells of Victorian India, its teeming masses, its problems so impossible, it seemed, for Englishwomen to solve.

The Himalayan Beacon Vol. 15. No 25


Author: Barun Roy
Publisher: Barun Roy
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 60
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The Himalayan Beacon known until 2006 simply as BEACON, is a monthly news-magazine published in Darjeeling by The Mandalay Books India (Pvt.) Ltd., and distributed throughout Darjeeling Hills and Sikkim. It is now owned by The Mandalay Books India (Pvt.) Ltd., which publishes other periodicals, including the weekly newspaper This Week and The Himalayan Traveller. BEACON is the largest and the first magazine to be published by and for the Darjeeling Hills. Nicknamed the "Fire Hose" for its colourful appearance and undiplomatic journalistic style, it is often regarded as a source of record, meaning that it is frequently relied upon as the official and authoritative reference for modern events. Founded in 1998 by Barun Roy, the magazine is by far more popular among the youths of the region than the readers of other generations. The magazine's name is often abbreviated to Beacon, due to its earlier popularity as Beacon. Its famous motto, always printed in the upper left-hand corner of the cover page, is "News and Views on All for All."

Among the Himalayas


Author: L. Austine Waddell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108081630
Category: History
Page: 474
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A well-illustrated 1899 account of jungles, glaciers, dizzying mountain ridges, rickety bamboo bridges, tribal peoples and unfamiliar food.

The Islamic Occupation of India and the Chinese Occupation of Tibet

Hindu-Muslim Bhai-Bhai (Brothers) Then Why Pakistan: 1947?
Author: Krishan Nagar Lahore
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1452569371
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 207
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There were the days since 0 AD of the occupation of other’s lands and expansion by the “Islamic terrorist armies” on the surface of the Earth. For India, it started through Afghanistan in 1000 AD. It lasted many centuries in India, in particular over 1000–1947 and still continues. It is amazing in 1947 the “Islamic occupation” of India (Pakistan) was rewarded with the approval of the UNO and the Western democratic countries alike. Since this recent demonstration of the “Islamic terrorist might,” i.e., the claim of India in 1947, Islam has re-affirmed to the world what it is capable of. It declared its aims in 9/11, 26/11, in the twenty-first century. More and much worse is yet to come. Newly, Islam also boasts of the support of the “Communist might” (known for violation of the basic human rights), e.g., Russia and China. It looks like the days of the “free world,” particularly of the divided (religious in 1947 and lingual now) India through insurgency from Islam and the “Mongol (Khan)-Communist China” are numbered.

Midnight in Rosary

Tales of Vampires and Werewolves in Crimson and Black
Author: Charles Allen Gramlich
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
ISBN: 1434412369
Category: Fiction
Page: 252
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In his newest collection of stories and verse, Charles Allen Gramlich turns to the creatures of the night--and the rough music they make: "Predation is in the bones, in the marrow. The ultimate need is for food, but even when sated, a carnivore will still hunt. It wants the wet taste of food, the sweetness of watermelon flesh. Oh, it might be distracted temporarily, but its need to kill isn't rational--and it won't be denied its blood!" Great tales of vampires and werewolves by a master storyteller.

God in Concord


Author: Jane Langton
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049985521
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Homer suspects a rash of deaths near Walden Pond may not be accidental Alice Snow is the first to die. In the morning, she and her friends at the Pond View Trailer Park watchsoap operas, worrying about the lives of TV’s rich and powerful. A few hours later, a hiking Homer Kelly finds Alice lying outside her trailer, head smashed and heart stopped. Though her fellow Pond View residents do not realize it, their lives are in danger too. The state-owned park sits on Walden Pond, just north of the replica of Thoreau’s log cabin. Where the philosopher once retreated to find nature is now a hive of humanity—hemmed in by a highway, a landfill, and the planned site of a new mini-mall. The trailer park stands in the developers’ way, and when more Pond View residents die, Homer suspects murder. The developers have no qualms about killing Concord’s past—might they murder its present too?

The Woman Who Lost Her Soul


Author: Bob Shacochis
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 1611859697
Category: Fiction
Page: 300
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Shacochis returns to occupied Haiti in The Woman Who Lost Her Soul before sweeping across time and continents to unravel tangled knots of romance, espionage and vengeance. In riveting prose, Shacochis builds a complex and disturbing story about the coming of age of America in a pre-9/11 world. Set over fifty years and in four countries facing different wars, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul is National Book Award winner Bob Shacochis' magnum opus that brings to life, through the mystique and allure of history, an intricate portrait of catastrophic events that led up to the war on terror and the America we know today.

Onna Rashiku (Like A Woman)

The Diary of a Language Learner in Japan
Author: Karen Ogulnick
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438414951
Category: Social Science
Page: 154
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This original interdisciplinary book combines autobiographical reflections with a scholarly analysis of a diary the author kept while learning Japanese in Hiroshima.

The Athenaeum

Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music and the Drama
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: England
Page: N.A
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In the Land of Silence: Learning with my Master

In the Himalayas
Author: Mario Mantese
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3842391668
Category:
Page: 280
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In this autobiographical novel Mario Mantese depicts the fateful encounter with a spiritual master in the Himalaya. As he approaches this liberated universal master and is confronted with his unorthodox methods and teachings, the traveler plummets into a deep crisis, a destabilizing of everything he had thought and felt before. The exploits of these two men reveal just how forcefully the hardened, rigidly structured intellect is challenged when it encounters such a universal human being. The love, wisdom, and immense energy of the master, which the reader can directly experience from this book, open a pathway. Ultimately, this pathway leads to an end that is the liberation from all paths, a flowing back into never-ending Non-Being.

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

The Conflict Between Word and Image
Author: Leonard Shlain
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101573910
Category: Social Science
Page: 496
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This groundbreaking book proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy reconfigured the human brain and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections across brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain modes that venerated the Goddess, images, and feminine values. Writing drove cultures toward linear left-brain thinking and this shift upset the balance between men and women, initiating the decline of the feminine and ushering in patriarchal rule. Examining the cultures of the Israelites, Greeks, Christians, and Muslims, Shlain reinterprets ancient myths and parables in light of his theory. Provocative and inspiring, this book is a paradigm-shattering work that will transform your view of history and the mind.

When a Woman Becomes a Religious Dynasty

The Samding Dorje Phagmo of Tibet
Author: Hildegard Diemberger
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231143214
Category: Religion
Page: 416
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In the fifteenth century, the princess Chokyi Dronma was told by the leading spiritual masters of her time that she was the embodiment of the ancient Indian tantric deity Vajravarahi, known in Tibetan as Dorje Phagmo, the Thunderbolt Female Pig. After suffering a great personal tragedy, Chokyi Dronma renounced her royal status to become a nun, and, in turn, the tantric consort of three outstanding religious masters of her era. After her death, Chokyi Dronma's masters and disciples recognized a young girl as her reincarnation, the first in a long, powerful, and influential female lineage. Today, the twelfth Samding Dorje Phagmo leads the Samding monastery and is a high government cadre in the Tibet Autonomous Region. Hildegard Diemberger builds her book around the translation of the first biography of Chokyi Dronma recorded by her disciples in the wake of her death. The account reveals an extraordinary phenomenon: although it had been believed that women in Tibet were not allowed to obtain full ordination equivalent to monks, Chokyi Dronma not only persuaded one of the highest spiritual teachers of her era to give her full ordination but also established orders for other women practitioners and became so revered that she was officially recognized as one of two principal spiritual heirs to her main master. Diemberger offers a number of theoretical arguments about the importance of reincarnation in Tibetan society and religion, the role of biographies in establishing a lineage, the necessity for religious teachers to navigate complex networks of political and financial patronage, the cultural and social innovation linked to the revival of ancient Buddhist civilizations, and the role of women in Buddhism. Four introductory, stage-setting chapters precede the biography, and four concluding chapters discuss the establishment of the reincarnation lineage and the role of the current incarnation under the peculiarly contradictory communist system.