Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy

Forget Kathmandu An Elegy for Democracy Rev and expanded edition Major history analysis of contemporary Nepal politics excellent reviews such as Newsweek

  • Title: Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy
  • Author: Manjushree Thapa
  • ISBN: 9780670058129
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rev and expanded edition.Major history, analysis of contemporary Nepal politics, excellent reviews such as Newsweek.

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    1. It's easy for an American to fall in love with Nepal's native mythology. We easily recognize its appeal and harmonize it with our own Western myths of the East. The profusion of local gods promises plentiful objects of worship. They accomodate our own narratives and invite worship without demand for restraint, cooperation or submission. It's easy for self-absorbed travelers to fixate on these analogies and miss much of what goes on around us when we visit Nepal. I've certainly done it. During my [...]

    2. It can be a great book for someone who is interested in the history of Nepal. The Shah dynasties that ended dishearteningly (more or less) with Royal massacre, the Maoist insufficiency, ups and down of Nepalese democracy, and never ending corruption; everything is explained along with the writer's personal experience . I actually found that part very interesting and I am not hesitating to say, I will read that part of this book again. Later part of the book, it looks like a travel diary of the w [...]

    3. written by a woman named Manjushree; the Buddhist equivalent of Saraswati - goddess of knowledge, in and about a country of astounding misogyny. Nepal's politics, history and her personal experience - beautifully written.

    4. A thoroughly sobering read on the ugly, myopic governance of Nepal, which sadly still persists to this date. The author makes it clear in the very first few pages that this is not to be taken as a historical account, which it definitively is not. Rather it is a journal-esque account from someone from the Kathmandu bourgeoise who lived through the Maoist revolution. The book drags on with each twist and turn of significant political coup or killing, which spanning over a decade added up to a lot [...]

    5. It is very strong book, first, giving the reader a short overview of the history of Nepal that later to involve in the narration about the latest events, such as Maoist revolution, monarchy coup and brutal atrocities and crimes committed by the military troops against ordinary people/farmers. Though, Maoist had committed a series of serious crimes, including insurgencies, murder of police and militaries (always armed people!), destroying bridges, telecommunication towers and etc, I do understand [...]

    6. Great primer for Nepalese history caught me up after a few decades away. But the royal family history over centuries is truly tawdry, evil, and murderous. Wow. I couldn't keep it all straight but the gestalt is quite clear and the recent history is revealing. Hope the 1st elections in nearly 20 years go well this November.

    7. A great overview of Nepal society and politics of last century. Well written, not dry (just sometimes when going into details of party histories) with lots of personal experiences. Recommended if you want to know Nepal beyond the Mt. Everest and "budget spirituality".

    8. Definitely a great introduction to Nepal political history, both old and recent. Book starts with the royal massacre of 2001 and although I did read a good deal about it, author managed to give new interesting perspective, not focusing on what happened and why in the first but explaining how the author herself and her friends and other people were affected by that and how they understood what is happening. Other chapters are quite good explanation of the star-crossed history of Nepal since the c [...]

    9. This was a really excellent book on the history of Nepal and the coup in 2001, as well as how this affected the people in the immediate years afterwards. Before picking up this book, I had no idea that Nepal even had violence, never mind the fact that Maoists and the government had recently caused destruction across the country, that the royal family (Nepal had a royal family?) had been killed, or any of the history of the country. I would like to blame this on the fact that I was pretty young i [...]

    10. This book is a must read for anyone who’s lived in Nepal and wonders what life in the capitol is like today. The author is a Thapa, one of the big political families. She was mostly educated in the West. She vividly describes daily life in Kathmandu beginning with the massacre in the royal family and through the rise of the Maoists and all the political shenanigans that followed. It was a time of misinformation, rumors, crackdowns, curfews, bundhs, and demonstrations. When the Maoists joined t [...]

    11. Apparently the must-read book if you want to know more about Nepal beyond the picturesque villages. Funny enough: I found it on a flea-market here in Cologne It is interesting to get a first-hand narrative of the events surrounding the royal massacre of 2001, and the Maoist insurgency, and on top of that a short history of Nepal. It is also encouraging to see that the Nepali people have for a long time longed for real democracy, and often took their fate in their own hands, organising strikes a [...]

    12. I have often lamented how secure I had been from the happenings of the political-social problems in Nepal circa 2000-2005. These were also the years, when I was busy preparing for higher education outside of Nepal, and had no time or encouragement to look beyond, the preparations to escape the political turmoil and spiral into the dysfunction Nepal seemed to be entering. The books fills many gaps for me, but also provides voices to the segments of society and parties of civil war, which as of la [...]

    13. Oh my god Nepali politics are just one insane thing after another. Thapa comes out and says that her book is a bit of a mess. A mixture of personal anecdotes, historical information, a bit of travelogue. She is also good about identifying herself as cosmopolitan, bourgeois, ambivalent about the monarchy, mystified by and a bit scared of the MaoistsI would like to read something from a perspective further from my own. Luckily, she also edited The Country is Yours which includes a large number of [...]

    14. I'm not sure what this book was supposed to be. It started out almost as a novel describing how elite middle class young adults were responding to the political turbulence and subsequent royal massacre in Nepal. It then transformed into a glossed over account of several centuries of history. Finally it was a dry travelogue of a journey through territory where the author seemed to hope to find evidence of human rights violations during the insurgency. It was interesting to read, although not over [...]

    15. Nepal is a crazy country--it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, at the same time its politics have been so insane that it would be laughable, like an impossible joke, if it weren't so tragic. A fascinating and deeply personal account of the final abolishment of a long-lasting monarchy, the rampant powermongering of so-called democratic parties, and the sad fate of the rural poor in a land where infrastructure is still a dream and widespread opportunity an illusion. Here's to hopi [...]

    16. If you are Nepali or a person interested in Nepalese History and politics, must-read book for you! No wonder, I like Game of Thrones.It will help you to understand the situation of Nepal, why we are where we at now! It will make sense. For in-depth research you will need other books but this book will introduce almost everything about Nepali history.I would especially recommend to friends who lived in Kathmandu and judge everything in Kathmandu perspective. This book will shed some light how peo [...]

    17. The book chronicles the history and political struggles of Nepal in a very readable narrative. Starts with the palace massacre of June 2001 and then goes back and forth in history. While reading the book I read the morning newspapers of nepal and realise that nothing much has changed! Even the characters in the book still occupy spaces in the headlines and columns!At times a bit naive but worth a read

    18. This book seems to be the only way to make sense of the ridiculous political situation in Nepal, though at this point I suppose it's a little outdated, given the recent developments. It reads like a novel, but is insightful and informative at the same time. I also found it to be remarkably unbiased, or as unbiased as might be possible for a book like this.

    19. Non fiction book which covers the country of Nepal and it's monarchy from the position of an author who grew up in an educated Nepali family who held significant government assignments during the last quarter of the last century. I would have liked more details of the last decade.

    20. Learned a ton about Nepali politicswhat a mess! So many kings, and coups, and yikes!!! Nothing seem to last as a government there very long. As a tourist it helped me understand the strikes that affected my travels.

    21. A wonderful introduction to the history of Nepal and the progression of political standing that transforms the country. For a Nepal History deprived Nepali individual this was a real treat.

    22. We people of Nepal were deeply stricken by the death of the Royal Family. This book brings back those bad memories of that very black day. Worth Reading !

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