I have been feeling guilty for not writing here as much as I had intended and I really need to get back into it regularly to prepare for doing it as we travel.
One reason I have been negligent is that I have been engrossed in the reading of a book. It is not one that will likely ever make the bestseller list; in fact, the writing is too cumbersome to ever make it easy reading for the masses. It was written by Omnath Pokharel and tells the story of several people from a culture that I'm fairly sure you have not heard of. The Lhotshampas lived for over a century in the small country of Bhutan (which, ironically, has prided itself on its "Gross National Happiness" policy). As a result of an ethnic cleansing type policy, over 100,000 were forced out of Bhutan in the late 1980's. Then, many of them spent twenty years or more in refugee camps in Nepal before being relocated around the globe.
My husband and I met a man named Nandi and his family who had come from this situation and he told us many personal stories of the hardships they endured. His brother was the one who wrote the above-mentioned book, entitled The Silhouette of Truth. The book has been published posthumously, as the author died suddenly and unexpectedly at the early age of 44.
Coming from one who, although extremely intelligent, did not speak the English language natively, the book is an amazing price of work. It seems as if the publishers did not want to over-edit the work of a man who was no longer able to give approval or dissent to their efforts. So, much of the phrasing and descriptive wording will seem strange and foreign to most American readers. But, the effort is worth it as poignant vignettes unfold and a heretofore unknown culture unfolds before one. I am still only halfway through the book, so I hope to be able to give another update soon.
But, in the meantime, look up some information about a culture that you'll never hear mentioned in the U.S. "World News"! (Have you noticed that 90% of the so-called world news here is about the U.S.? That's a topic for another discussion!)
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