22-06-03

a nepal journey begins with one step

a nepal journey begins with one step..

Let's start it out with the lines from "Shopping for Buddhas" that to me are the heart and soul of the book:

"In Nepal the phenomenon is reversed. Time is a stick of incense that burns without being consumed. One day can seem like a week; a week like months. Mornings stretch out and crack their spines with the yogic impassivity of house cats. Afternoons bulge with succulent ripeness, like fat peaches."

..." - All of the above is of course a gross simplification. There are deeper reasons to travel - itches and tickles on the underbelly of the unconscious mind. We go where we go and then try to figure out what we're doing there. [...] all these trips to Nepal were united by a single theme: the need to steep my cerebral cortex in the culture and religion of the region, in the hope that as much of it as possible would soak into me. It was like heaving my brain into a fathomless lake - sometimes as clear and clairvoyant as a crystal ball, at other times rippled black as octopus ink - and hoping I could swim."

I want to share with you some liner notes from "The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes-Notes From Nepal" the book I just finished. Actually, I am about to finish it. Before you read this I will have finished, thanks to the phenomenon of time zones.

"We have all grown up with those mighty male travel memoirs: tales of the great white father as he makes his way around the world, devouring much of it in the name of civilization or progress or simply 'natural' ownership...here is the antithesis: Barbara Scot gives us the Nepal she saw, touched, visited with a feminist's respect for difference [on a personal note: this should really say 'feminine', but the author of the liner notes, Margaret Randall, is obviously a feminist, the antagonist to 'the great white father'] . Hers is a tale of sharing and we are privileged to see through her eyes, understand through her exquisite sensibility. The constant connections she makes between her world and the world of her explorations constitute the most useful sort of literary activism. 'The Violet Shyness of Their Eyes' will enter your heart and stay."

It has entered mine.

mail from pieter
travellog 5 juli 2001


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journey to nepal begins with 1 step hey,
we (the readers)are also privileged to see through your eyes, understand your
sensibility.
thanks for doing this, the resume , the journey etc.
christine

Gepost door: christine | 26-08-03

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