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2. Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal,
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3. The Blessings of Bhutan (A Latitude
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5. Bhutan
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6. Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life
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7. A Photographic Guide to the Birds
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8. Bhutan
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9. Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalaya.
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10. The Raven Crown: The Origins of
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12. Views of Medieval Bhutan:The Diary
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13. Nepal and Bhutan: Country Studies
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14. Unbecoming Citizens: Culture,
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15. Field Guide to the Mammals of
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17. Tibetan Wars Through Sikkim, Bhutan
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19. India and Bhutan: Study in Interrelations
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1. A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives
by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
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Asin: 0691006873
Catlog: Book (1998-12-07)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Sales Rank: 739274
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Birdwatchers have long waited for a comprehensive and up-to-date identification guide for the Indian subcontinent. This exhaustively researched and beautifully produced book will finally meet that need. Written by three leading experts on the region--Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, and Tim Inskipp--the book provides complete information about the 1,300 species of birds found in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The guide is firmly rooted in the authors' extensive field experience, reflected in the accuracy and fullness of their bird descriptions.

The guide features more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India that depict all the species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. The text consists of a detailed identification section, discussing the differences between similar species and containing descriptions of vocalizations, habits, habitat, breeding, distribution, and status. There are distributional maps for nearly all species. And the authors' introduction provides useful background information about such subjects as conservation, the history of ornithology on the subcontinent, and the climate. A detailed bibliography provides an introduction to the prolific literature on the subcontinent.

This is a landmark publication that will be enthusiastically welcomed by all birdwatchers with an interest in the extraordinary variety of birds in this vast and diverse region. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and excellent, but not a field guide
Ali and Ripley's masterwork cannot be touched in terms of the completeness of individual descriptions, but this volume is amazing in that it draws together all the subcontinent's spp. into one book. Even so, the tome is too heavy to carry to the field. The taxonomy is updated, as is the species list. The colour illustrations are of a very high quality; my quibble is that the individual species are too small to be very useful. The maps are miniscule and that limits their utility; the use of two colours would have helped under the circumstances. Otherwise, this book is a long-awaited treasure.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best guide for the birds of the Indian Subcontinent.
Simply the best available guide to the birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Subcontinental birders have long awaited a comphrehensive guide to the birds of this region.

No other guide comes close in quality of drawings, text and range maps. Though too large and heavy to be called a field guide. It is still brought on trips to be reviewed after a day in the field.

We eagerly await the publication of this book as a true 'field guide'- that will be useable in the field.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best available book on birds of Indian subcontinent.
This is the best one-volume book on the market at this time. It has very good illustrations and good species accounts that include excellent range maps. It is the only book of one volume that covers all the birds of the Indian subcontinent with this quality of illustration. The range maps are very good and there is an adequate amount of information about each bird. It's too heavy to take into the field on your trip to India, but it is an excellent reference. ... Read more


2. Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
by Richard Grimmett, Carol Inskipp, Tim Inskipp
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Asin: 0691049106
Catlog: Book (1999-11-08)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Sales Rank: 76583
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

From the snowcapped Himalayas and the Indus valley, to the Ganges delta and the Sri Lankan forests, the Indian subcontinent is home to 13% of the world's species of birds and thousands of birders and ecotourists flock to the area every year. This field guide will be indispensable to those who wish to find and identify the many species of avifauna of the Indian subcontinent and environs.

Featuring more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India, it depicts all the known species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. It contains hundreds of range maps and the succinct text on the facing pages covers identification, voice, and distribution. Specially designed for use in the field, it is a compact version of the landmark A Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives, hailed on its publication as a "stunning book" that "advanced the cause of Indian birding by 20-30 years." With its modest price, small trim size, and sturdy, weather-resistant binding, this field guide is the one volume that every adventurous traveler to the Indian subcontinent must have. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars At long last...
Finally, a complete, comphrensive FIELD guide to the birds of India! Gone are the days of hauling 2 or 3 hardcover bird books to the subcontinent just to be able to identify relatively common species. The drawings in this book are excellent, the descriptions very detailed, and the range maps very helpful. My two criticisms are that birders familiar with the common names in Salim Ali's "The Book of Indian Birds" will be confused with the revised nomenclature in this guide (based on the Inskipp's Indian Checklist); some changes are relatively minor, while others are so dramatically different (and frankly puzzling) that cross-referencing is a chore. The second involves the seperation of many of the range maps from the plates and descriptions, sometimes by many pages. This was due to the large number of species featured on some plates- there just wasn't enough room for the maps also. A better strategy might have been to put them all in the back of the book. But the benefits of this book far outweigh the shortcomings- my next trip to India promises to be more rewarding and productive bird-wise (as well as easier on my back)due to this excellent and overdue field guide. ... Read more


3. The Blessings of Bhutan (A Latitude 20 Book)
by Russ Carpenter, Blyth Carpenter
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Asin: 0824826795
Catlog: Book (2002)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Sales Rank: 163165
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Introduction to Bhutan
"The Blessings of Bhutan" is a personal and fascinating compilation of very short, and very readable, essays (or "sketches") about authors Russ and Blyth Carpenter's experiences and understanding of Bhutanese life. The book is separated into eight parts covering Bhutanese culture and geography; ancient Bhutanese religion and its relationship to Buddhism and Bhutanese archery; Tantric Buddhism; Bhutanese art and medicine; reincarnation (especially as it applies to the environment); sexuality in Bhutanese culture; women in Bhutan; and the Carpenter's reflections on Bhutan's policy of "Gross National Happiness" and on Bhutan's future. The book also has a very useful glossary of terms that makes reading much easier as well as a recommending reading list.

The authors' love and admiration of Bhutan and Bhutanese people is very apparent in their sketches. While many things about Bhutan can easily baffle a tourist (like the almost contradictory sexual attitude of the Bhutanese or the concept of "Gross National Happiness"), they explain these things in terms of the Bhutanese culture. I found the book extremely easy to read and engaging, and appreciated the experiences the Carpenters shared as well as the facts. You can read the book back to front or just skip around and read about which aspects of the culture you're interested in.

This is the first book I have read about Bhutan, and I'm glad I got it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Blessings of Bhutan
Absolutely one of the best books that I have read on the country of Bhutan. After reading several chapters, I was ready to travel on one of the tours to Bhutan, which are led by authors Russ and Blyth Carpenter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss this Gem
This meaty little book is informed by the experience of the authors'numerous visits (including working trips) to Bhutan, extensive research, and the wisdom of many lively but respectful conversations with Bhutanese friends. Gorgeous color photographs by the authors supplement the vivid, lucid writing. There is intrigue in seeimg how these two self-described linear thinkers are gradually changed by confronting an intuitive culture with a Tantric lifestyle and a heritage of both Tibetan Buddhism and the remnants of the pre-Buddhist Bon religion. What will be the effect of television, which has only now entered the culture, on this relatively isolated culture? What do monks do all day? What does it mean to measure a culture by its Gross National Happiness? Why is Bhutan known as Little Switzerland? These are among the many questions the Carpenters answer. One could not have better guides to this intriguing country.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Western Perspective of Bhutan
This is a marvelous series of sketches that illuminate the mystique of Bhutan. The Carpenters, through their work and travel in and love for Bhutan, bring a personal and western perspective to a unique part of the world. Blessings of Bhutan serves as a bridge for the western traveler that allows for full appreciation of the uniqueness of Bhutan as a destination and a way of life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unique view of Bhutan
"The Blessings of Bhutan" describes a unique view of the people, religion and culture of Bhutan. It is based on first hand experiences of Russ and Blyth Carpenter over several years of exploration, living and philanthropic work there. They have become deeply involved in the lives of these wonderful people and have been rewarded with a bird's eye view including some rather un-Western but honest approaches to life. I highly recommend this book which can be read all at once or random chapters of interest. ... Read more


4. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives (Cambridge World Encyclopedias)
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Asin: 0521334519
Catlog: Book (1989-07-06)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 442048
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5. Bhutan
by Christian Schicklgruber, Francoise Pommaret
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Asin: 157062352X
Catlog: Book (1997-12-02)
Publisher: Shambhala
Sales Rank: 1140809
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
I am not much of a reader but this book simply took my breath away, the author did an excellent work that a thousand writers working for a thousand years could not have possibly realized. ... Read more


6. Of Rainbows and Clouds: The Life of Yab Ugyen Dorji As Told to His Daughter
by Yab Ugyen Dorji, Ashi Dorji Wangmo, Queen of Bhutan Wangchuck, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
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Asin: 0906026490
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Serindia Publications
Sales Rank: 882245
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Set in the remote and little-known Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, this biography of Yab Ugyen Dorji as told to his daughter, Her Majesty the Queen Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, provides a fascinating and vivid insight into life and times in that country during this century. Intimate and revealing glimpses of traditinal life in monastic retreats, remote villages, as well as forts and palaces, provide a unique perspective on Bhutan's history, society and traditional culture.

Yab Ugyen's memoirs reveal the story of a remarkably close and loving family, brought to life through historical photographs of five generations of its members as well as contemporary photographs of those temples, houses and palaces associated with the family. The book includes a description and the only extant photographs of the royal wedding in 1988 of His Majesty the King of Bhutan with four of Yab Ugyen's daughters.

The latter part of the book chronicles Yab Ugyen's struggles as he grows from a fledging shopkeeper to a successful merchant. Through the dramatic and gripping vicissitudes of his life and fortunes, beautifully narrated by his daughter, Yab Ugyen reveals a simple and inspiring philosophy of life that has enabled him to tide him over hard times and deepened his spiritual faith and belief in the invisible forces of karma. This biography provides a fascinating and vivid insight of Bhutan. There are intimate and revealing glimpses of traditional life in monastic retreats, remote villages, forts and palaces. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars What a funny, but saddly false book!
As a real Bhutanese who has read this book, I have to say that grand liberties taken by Ashi Dorji Wangmo are truly funny. So what if she writes well? She had a ghost writter anyway. She has totally invented her family's tree to give legitimacy to some claim to royal origins even though she is already married to the His Majesty the King. Big mistake on her part because the people she claims to be related to are still living. I wonder why she would do this when everyone in Bhutan is laughing at her fantasy behind her back? Could it be that the truth is relative and if you tell a lie long enough it becomes the truth? Of course most people would never in a million years say anything publicly. Maybe her father the notorious land stealer (because he is the king's infuriating father in-law) told her this and she really believes it. HM is really a good guy, but his in-laws do as they wish and the local people who only have a plot of land to grow rice really don't like it when she comes on official visits to the Dzongkhags. The people respect HM and love him and would do anything for him and the country are weary of self aggrandizing ashies at the people's expense.

It's too bad that I have to use a pseudonym, for fear of my own business being ruined by the newly royals monopolies .

1-0 out of 5 stars Read this book instead!
My recommendation:

Buy any other book about Bhutan, and remove any pleasure you gained from reading this book of lies.

READ THIS ONE!
"So Close to Heaven : The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas"
by Barbara Crossette

1-0 out of 5 stars Rainbows and Lies - Book of Lies
I guess if what ever you do to improve this life's existance doesn't help you in the next, then this story book is a book of fiction that will not add to the authors' advancement in subsequent incarnations. If what you do harms the life of others in this life and impeads the ability of others to avoid suffering and causes hatred of oneself due to selfishness and greed, then this book is a self indictment by the lies told in it.

4-0 out of 5 stars the queen writes well
I enjoyed this book as it gave me a deep satisfaction and insight into the history of the kingdom of Bhutan. I was fascinated to read about the life story of the Queen's father and the class shifts from merchant to elite- that were made with the coming of modernization. Reading this book made me even more interested in the political situation, and the monarchy of Bhutan. I would definately like to read some more on their monarchy especially their present King with his policy of Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product that we have in the Western world as a measure of a country's success. Now that is thought provoking!

3-0 out of 5 stars life in Bhutan from a native perspective
I would like to compliment Ashi Dorji Wangmo on giving insided look into the struggles within the elite of Bhutan. She shows her father and his family going through the ups and downs of Bhutan's political fortunes in all the joy and heartbreak that accompanies life's journey. One realizes that like every country, the "Last Shangrila" has people that are not only honest and hardworking, but also coniving and ambitious. The book was also helpful by giving details concerning many people of importance during the early part of the 20th century. I especially liked the many charming photos of the royal family. For me the book was sort of a mirror, that showed the great similarities shared by all humanity, whether good or bad. It puts a human face on life in Bhutan which is often painted in a idyllic, fantasy-like manner by outsiders.
One drawback that I saw was while much detail into the benifits and problems of the ruling class during the early 20th century was given; the writer was rather silent concerning the present political body. ... Read more


7. A Photographic Guide to the Birds of India : And the Indian Subcontinent, Including Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives (Princeton Field Guides)
by Bikram Grewal, Bill Harvey
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Asin: 069111496X
Catlog: Book (2003-01-13)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Sales Rank: 476832
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This is the most comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of India and the Indian subcontinent. Never before have so many of the region's species been illustrated in one book.

The brilliant photographs--most of which appear here for the first time--have been carefully selected to show not only the most common Passerine and non-Passerine species, but also more elusive species and distinctive subspecies. An up-to-date distribution map and a unique code indicating frequency and global status are provided for each of the 668 species covered. The concise text provides vital information on habitats, habits, and voice to ensure accurate identification.

Designed for easy use, the book places photos and maps in close proximity to provide an at-a-glance overview for each species. Birds are indexed by both their common and scientific names.

This is an essential volume for all birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as for anyone traveling to India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Bhutan.

Bikram Grewal has written more than twenty books on India, including three guides to its birds. He is a biodiversity expert for the Indian government. Bill Harvey is a lifelong birdwatcher who has lived throughout the Indian subcontinent. He published the first authoritative checklist on the birds of Bangladesh as well as numerous articles and is a cofounder of the Northern Indian Bird Network. Otto Pfister is a wildlife photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He has also published several illustrated articles on birds.


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    Gorgeous full-color photographs
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    Distribution maps for all species
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    Abundance icons
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    Photographs, text, and maps in close proximity for at-a-glance overview
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    Expert text aids species identification

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1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid
wORTH aVOIDING - BAD PICTURES ( A FEW GOOD) NO MATCH FOR THE INSKIPP - NOT A GUIDE BUT A PICTURE BOOK

4-0 out of 5 stars "A" for effort, "B plus" for results
This book is a very noble effort at a photographic field guide to Indian birds. Not surprisingly, the quality of the photos varies from excellent to marginal-at-best; a few species could not possibly be intentified from the photos provided. Having said that, this book does contain several valuable features lacking from the other Indian bird guides. The range maps are displayed along with each species, with symbols and notes on the relative rarity of each species. Another very nice feature is the inclusion of the older, common (English) names which is great for those who have birded in India for awhile. I also like the smaller size and portablility of this book. The bottom line: if you are going to take one bird field guide to India, I wouldn't take this one- the Grimmett/Inskipps or Kazmeirczak "non-photo" guides are better bets. However, if you are a serious birder and don't mind packing two bird books, I'd highly recommned taking this one along to supplement the information in the other field guides. ... Read more


8. Bhutan
by ROBERT DOMPNIER
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Asin: 1570625107
Catlog: Book (1999-10-05)
Publisher: Shambhala
Sales Rank: 879027
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning depictions of a beautiful country and people
Returning from my first visit to Bhutan in November, 1999, I searched for a book which genuinely captures the beauty and uniqueness of this Himalayan Buddhist kingdom and her people. The combination of Dompnier's stunning photography and thoughtful text are more than I had hoped to find. The format, choice and excellence of pictures and insightful text aptly convey a sense of this very special place. For anyone interested in the iconography of Tibetan Buddhism, learning about a people and culture unlike any other on this planet, or looking for photojournalism at its best about the Himalayas , I highly recommend this book. Personally, it serves me well to keep alive cherished memories of a place I know I will visit again. ... Read more


9. Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalaya.
by Sanjay Acharya
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Asin: 8174360611
Catlog: Book (1999-01)
Publisher: Heian International
Sales Rank: 617773
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10. The Raven Crown: The Origins of Buddhist Monarchy in Bhutan
by Michael Aris
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Asin: 0906026326
Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: Serindia Publications
Sales Rank: 1487915
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11. Memoirs of a Political Officers Wife in Tibet. Sikkim and Bhutan (Wisdom Tibet Book. Yellow Series)
by Margaret D. Williamson, John Snelling
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Asin: 0861710568
Catlog: Book (1987-06-01)
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Sales Rank: 593510
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Memoirs portraying life in Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan in the 1930s. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Lost Kingdoms
I'm researching a trip to Bhutan this fall, and have found that memoirs like this are few and far between. This book describes a world that is far gone--especially Tibet, where all vestiges of the Buddhist culture have been stamped out by the Chinese, except for a few carefully preserved sites for tourists. The book is fascinating for its picture of a culture that was totally accessible to a rather low level British foreign service officer--the Dalai Lama, the Bhutanese Royal Family welcome these well-meaning British into their midst with great ceremony and real friendship. The book itself suffers from a lack of immediacy, which I attribute to the fact that it was written many years later and undoubtedly based almost solely on diaries. I wish there were descriptions of the journeys themselves--the author speaks of crossing 17,000 foot passes as if they were a walk in the park---didn't the pack animals stumble, wasn't she ever out of breath? I would love to have read a description of a small village casually passed--were the children healthy? the people hostile or curious? Having said that, the book presents an interesting picture of a relatively benevolent British Empire reaching out to an independent Tibet--and Bhutan--untouched by the West.

4-0 out of 5 stars Worlds Apart
Under what circumstances should a bride on honeymoon learn to shoot a rifle? The answer? If she was marrying a Political Officer in 1933. In her book " Memoirs of a Political Officer's Wife in Tibet, Sikkim and and Bhutan" Margaret Williamson describes her two years spent travelling with her husband who was working on behalf of the British Government in this remote part of the world.

To say she descibes a world that is lost to us is an understatement. She describes Tibet when it was ruled over by the previous Dalai Lama who died in 1935. Long before the Chinese invaded. She talks of Sikkim a tiny state that was invaded by India as recently as the 1970s. It is only in Bhutan where life is still recognisable from the decsriptions in this book.

Her description of a long lost life style in this mostly barren part of the world together with her observations of colours, fabrics and the minutiae of life provides a colourful view of life at a political level in these countries. Her marraige lasted two short years, her husband was buried in Tibet where his grave was eventually washed away by floods. She remains convinced to the end that " if I were to be offered the chance of lilving that all too brief period over again, I would do so without a moment's hesitation - even if I knew at the same time what the final outcome would be"

A fascinating view of life in the Himalayas in the 1930s where women travellers were the exception. And a way of life that is apart from anything we shall ever experience . ... Read more


12. Views of Medieval Bhutan:The Diary and Drawings of Samuel Davis, 1783
by M. Aris
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Asin: 0874742102
Catlog: Book (1982-04-01)
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Pr
Sales Rank: 2006435
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13. Nepal and Bhutan: Country Studies (Area Handbook)
by Andrea Matles Savada
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Asin: 0844407771
Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
Publisher: Library of Congress
Sales Rank: 1198645
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14. Unbecoming Citizens: Culture, Nationhood, and the Flight of Refugees from Bhutan
by Michael Hutt
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Asin: 0195662059
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 1063825
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During the early 1990s, about 95,000 people arrived in eastern Nepal. They claimed to have come from Bhutan, and they alleged that they had been forced out of their homelands by the Bhutanese government. Very few believed them, and even now, not a single one of these refugees has returned to Bhutan. This book explains who these people are and why they left Bhutan. It also examines the broader implications of their story for a world awash with refugees. ... Read more


15. Field Guide to the Mammals of the Indian Subcontinent : Where to Watch Mammals in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan (Ap Natural World)
by K. K. Gurung, Raj Singh
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Asin: 0123093503
Catlog: Book (1998-06-30)
Publisher: Academic Press
Sales Rank: 98945
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This book is a field guide to the mammals of this unique subcontinent and includes the best places to watch them. It describes each of the 100 plus species that can be recognized in the field, including identification, habitat, range, behavior, diet, breeding, status, and similar species. The Field Guide also contains color illustrations of each mammal as well as tracks of the more prominent species, and mammal lists and maps for each national park.

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    The only current guide to mammals of the region
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    Contains color pictures and full text on the 106 larger species likely to be encountered
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    Includes drawings of tracks of key species to aid identification
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    Presents full details of 23 parks and reserves, with location maps, visiting details and species lists for each

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1-0 out of 5 stars Quite Disappointed
I found this book to be overall pretty disappointing. First off, the illustrations are horrible. They look like children's cartoon drawings. Why don't the editors of mammal-books hire the same artists who do bird guides? The latter are generally really good.

Secondly, there is a lot of important information lacking. For example the book states that it describes "almost all the species that can be identified in the field easily". I was hoping for a book to 'the mammals of the indian subcontinent' (ALL of them) not a book of 'the mammals of the indian subcontinent that can be easily identified'. The whole section at the end on 'Where to Watch mammals' is pretty useless. I'll get that info from the 'Lonely Planet', thanks. That space should have been spent instead on descriptions (and better illustrations) of more species.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good field guide - bad entertainment
This book covers the land mammals of the Indian Subregion or in other words it cover: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. However, it also does exclude the smaller and often inconspicious mammals like baths, schrews, and most rodents. A number of small but often conspicious mammals are included. For instance both squirrels and pikas are included. In total it depicts and describes 106 species in deatail. It starts in the typical manner with an introduction to the region, mammals, and mammal observing. This section is highly usefull to the unexperienced reader, but will probably seem quite borring to most, as it is short and only mentiones the most bassal things. The next fourty pages is devoted to the mammal species themselves. This means that there is 2-3 species per page. About each species the book descibes identification, habitat, range (no range maps!), behavior, diet, breeding, status, and similar species. The text is not for pleasure reading, but it is highly usefull in the field. A thing to remember - not mentioned in the book - is that the status refers to subregion only, not the intire world. An example is the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) which is described as endangered. The next pages are assigned to 12 colour plates with drawings of the mammals. The drawings are not especialy beautiful, but all the important details usefull in identification are remembered. The next 12 plates are devoted to animal tracks. The last third of the book describes 23 national parks/reserves in the region including the famous Chitwan NP and Sunderbars NP. These pages are the highlight of the book. In this part there is a map of each park and a quite thorrow descibtion of acces, accomodation facilities, season to go there, larger mammals of the area etc. Sadly similar chapters in other books have been shown to go quickly out of date. At the end of the book there is a chapter called "futher reading" which obviously seems equal to bibliograpy.

In total the book seems to be good in the field, but there are quite a few large lacks. For instance a number of large species known in the area are not mentioned at all. An example is the Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica). The Slender Lori (Loris tardigrandus) is mentioned only briefly in "similar species" of the Slow Lori ( Nycticebus coucang). This seems strange as the Slende lori occurs in a much larger part of the subregion. Sadley this is also a fact with a number of other species. They also use a number of outdated latin names. An example is the use of the genus Felis for all the smaller cats. In the beginning of the book they mention that the reason for the use of "old names" is because they are more familiar to people! But they are still incorrect in my opinion (I know other people don't find them to be so). It is however still a very good and usefull companion when watching wildlife in the region. ... Read more


16. Bhutan Through the Ages
by Norbu Rampel

Asin: 8126102098
Catlog: Book (2000-01)
Publisher: Anmol Publications Pvt Ltd+
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17. Tibetan Wars Through Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal
by Colonel M.N. Gulati
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Asin: 817049155X
Catlog: Book (2002-11)
Publisher: Manas Publications
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Starting from the Geo-Political situation and early history of Tibet, the book gives a brief account of the geography and history of the other Himalayan Kingdoms - Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal and the various wars fought in these regions during the 18th and 19th centuries. It then gives a detailed account of the British interest in Central Asia highlighting overall British policy-objectives which were directed towards ensuring that Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, Burma and of course Tibet remain in the British sphere of influence. ... Read more


18. Impressions of Bhutan and Tibetan Art: Tibetan Studies 3 (Brill's Tibetan Studies Library)
by Ne International Association for Tibetan Studies Seminar 2000Leiden, Henk Blezer, John Ardussi, A. Zadoks
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Asin: 9004125450
Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
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The proceedings of the seminars of the International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS) have developed into the most representative world-wide cross-section of Tibetan Studies. They are an indispensable reference-work for anyone interested in Tibet and capture the cutting edge of Tibet-related research.

This volume is the last of three volumes of general proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the IATS. It is a richly illustrated book, containing a careful selection of scholarly and academic articles that open surprising perspectives on Bhutan and discuss Tibetan artwork.

The complete series covers ten volumes. The other seven volumes are the outcome of expert panels. Of special interest to readers of this book is the edited volume by Deborah Klimburg-Salter and Eva Allinger (art history). ... Read more


19. India and Bhutan: Study in Interrelations 1771-1919
by Manorama Kohli

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Asin: 8121501660
Catlog: Book (1995-08)
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
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20. Rediscovering Bhutan
by M.N. Gulati

Asin: 8170491568
Catlog: Book (2003-08-30)
Publisher: Manas Publications
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