A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: A Journey of Love and Loss in the Himalayas (Bradt Travel Guides (Travel Literature))
By: Jane Wilson-Howarth (author)Paperback
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Set against the backdrop of one of the most colourful countries in the world, A Glimpse of Eternal Snows is an inspiring story of courage, love and a family's determination to give their child the best life possible. In pulsating, polluted Kathmandu and an idyllic village at the foot of the Himalayas, 'Doctor Jane' and her engineer husband Simon hope to make a difference: Jane to fulfil her vision to heal and advocate for the poor, Simon to avert the floods that threaten to devastate the country every monsoon season. The Nepali people are accepting of whatever fate flings at them and here the family find sanity, compassion and joy with baby David, who in England was little more than an 'interesting case'. This is a tale of Himalayan highs and monsoon lows, of cultural complexities, unexpected wildlife and rugged terrain, of vivid colour, superstition and spicy smells.
As a child Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth dreamed of intrepid adventures, but she didn't really start exploring until - aged 22 and with a zoology degree - she organised an expedition to record the wildlife of Himalayan caves. Long, convoluted story, but this led to a medical qualification, a husband, many more mountain trips and even some useful child-survival work in various remote parts of Asia. She now lives in Cambridge where she works as a GP, is medical director of a travel immunisation clinic and teaches on, among other things, an international health course. Jane writes extensively on travel and health. Her website www.wilson-howarth.com includes a photo gallery relating to this memoir; she tweets as @longdropdoc. This is her fifth book.
Contents Foreword vii 1 Most Welcome to Rajapur 1 2 New Arrivals 6 3 Disease and Disaster 21 4 David-the-Interesting-Case 34 5 Escape to Sanity 49 6 David's First Trek 63 7 The Clever Doctors 82 8 Worse by Candlelight 95 9 A Proper Toilet 108 10 Exploring Our Island 121 11 Vultures 137 12 A Real Doctor 151 13 Arranged Marriage 163 14 Business as Usual 178 15 Dust Devil 189 16 Outsiders, Outcastes and Prostitutes 200 17 Dying for a Glimpse of the Cool Himalayas 207 18 The Hot Season 218 19 That's Life 230 20 The Gods Hear Better from Here 243 21 Blood Sacrifice 256 22 Poor Pooss Baby 266 23 Anniversary Party 280 24 The Wild West 291 25 Doctor Last-Ditch 300 26 Clinics for the Poor 309 27 School for David 324 28 New Home in Kathmandu 331 29 Over the Jalja Pass 338 30 Expats and Fireworks 349 31 David Stands Tall 356 32 Renewal 364 33 Departures 369 Afterword with an Explanation of the NHS 375 A Note on Nepali 378 Glossary 380 Selected Bibliography 388 Acknowledgements 389
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