Often seen as a magical paradise at the end of the world, Bhutan is inaccessible to most travellers. Set against the dramatic scenery of the Himalaya, this beautiful memoir reveals hardships and happiness in a land almost untouched by the West.
When Britta goes to work as a physiotherapist in a remote village hospital, her good intentions are put to the test amid monsoons, fleas and shocking conditions. But as she visits homes in the mountains and learns the mysteries of tantric Buddhism, the country casts its enduring spell.
Gaining insights into the traditions of this mystical kingdom, she makes friends and falls in love. Bhutan will change her life forever.
'...a very interesting read beautifully written' David Young, VSO
Through the eyes of Britta Das, we gain valuable insight into the mysterious realm of Bhutan... compelling reading'
Michael Buckley, author of Heartlands:
Travels in the Tibetan World
About the Author:
Britta Das was born in Germany in 1971, and at the age of thirteen she moved with her family to Canada. In 1994 she completed a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in London, Ontario, then worked and travelled around Australia and South-east Asia. She volunteered with VSO to work in Bhutan after becoming enchanted by this rarely visited kingdom on a short trip there. During her volunteer year she met her future husband Bikul, and they now live in Canada with their two young daughters. Buttertea at Sunrise is Britta Das's first book and has also been published in Germany and the Netherlands.
|1:||A Road Leading East||17|
|2:||From a Distance||27|
|4:||Where You Going, Miss?||47|
|5:||Don't Close Your Eyes||56|
|8:||Om Mani Padme Hum||89|
|10:||Compassion for Little Things||106|
|11:||Chilli con Carne||118|
|13:||Are You Feeling Boring?||137|
|15:||Buttertea is Warm and Salty||154|
|18:||Chortens and Prayer Flags||187|
|19:||A Trulku Star||195|
|20:||To School on Crutches||207|
|22:||Dharma or Dollars||226|
|24:||The Dances of Light||251|
|25:||A Midnight Prayer||266|
|26:||Woes in Trashi Yangtse||275|
|27:||Losar New Year||286|
|28:||The Sound of a Conch||294|
|Glossary of Frequently Used Bhutanese Terms||309|
Item Code: IDG439 Author: Britta Das Cover: Paperback Edition: 2006 Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 8129109557 Size: 8" X 5.5" Pages: 312