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Kathmandu Days (The Blight and the Plight)

Kathmandu Days (The Blight and the Plight)
$36.00
Item Code: NAJ358
Author: Chandra K Bhatt
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Language: English
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9789385285493
Pages: 194
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
weight of the book: 350 gms
About the Book

For years, Nepal was ravaged by a civil war. On one side were the King and the democratically elected government, on the other side were brutal Maoist revolutionaries who terrorised the countryside. After years of war, one night most members of the Nepalese Royal Family were assassinated.

The official story? The Crown Prince shot all of them and then himself because he could not marry the woman he loved. The story most Nepalese believe? The King was assassinated because he was secretly working with the Maoists to destroy the democratically elected government.

Kathmandu Days: The Blight and the Flight is a great novel for anyone interested in real life political conspiracies! The story of the civil war is paralleled by chapters focusing on the disruption and corruption it brought to Nepalese society. That story is personified in Nawin and his family and friends. He leaves his family responsibilities of looking after his stepmother and disabled half-brother, to find a job in Kathmandu. Nawin and the colourful people he meets illustrate traditional Nepalese culture along with the intrusion of outside elements. The two stories are dramatic, spanning decades.

About the Author

Chandra K Bhatt lives in Kathmandu after migrating there from a remote district a long time ago. Life mostly had been a flux here as it was disrupted too often by revolts or political assassinations. Reading had been a recourse to him, after he discovered its delight very early in his life, to escape the agitation and turmoil around.

Fortuitously it led to writing too.

He visits his native place often to see if things have changed. But often returns disappointed.

Contents
Part I: In India
1Whims, Twists and Drifts 7
Part II: In Nepal
1National Games and Job Scenarios 33
2Maoist War and the Royal Massacre 121
Part III: The Redemption 175











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