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Books to buy

Spy on the Roof of the World
Sydney Wignall
Penguin Books India, New Delhi, 2002
Rs 472
The author's 1950s climbing expedition to the Himalaya turned out to be a life-threatening adventure that involved the Chinese and Indian governments at the highest level. Betrayed by one of the many spies operating on Nepal's border with Tibet, his group was captured by the People's Liberation Army. Their subsequent escape over the Himalaya in mid-winter is one of mountaineering's great epics.

Women War and Peace in South Asia
Rita Manchanda
Sage Publications, New Delhi 2001
Rs 472
This volume challenges the centrality of men's experiences and theorisations of conflict in South Asia from Kashmir to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh's Chittagong Hill Tracts to tribal conflicts in Assam and Nagaland, and Nepal's Maoist insurgency. It focuses on women's experiences as representing alternative and non-violent ways of negotiating the construction of conflicting identities and on women's conceptions that privilege the notion of a "just" peace.

Mother Sister Daughter: Nepal's Press on Women
Sancharika Samuha, Kathmandu, 2002
Rs 325
This collection of newspaper articles from English-language newspapers and translated from the Nepali-language press focuses on how society sanctions inequality and cultural control, and how this affects women's health, discrimination and violence. It also showcases stories of women empowering themselves, and first-person accounts and opinion pieces on gender issues.

Dangerous Wives and Sacred Sisters: Social and Symbolic Roles of High-Caste Women in Nepal
Lynn Bennett
Mandala Book Point and Columbia University Press, Kathmandu,
Rs 800
Bennett, a development anthropologist, examines the social construction of gender among Bahun and Chhetri Hindus in rural Nepal. Through a detailed examination of the social, mythic and ritual structures that shape the interaction between men and women, this study reveals the symbolic roots of women's power and the complex social institutions, norms and beliefs that seek to contain that power and direct it to perpetuate the patrilineal group.

Kamaiya: Slavery and Freedom in Nepal
Peter Lowe
Mandala Book Point and Danish Association for International Cooperation (MS Nepal), Kathmandu, 2001
Rs 700
Lowe captures in photographs and first-person testimonies the development of the Kamaiya Freedom Movement, which emerged around the tenth anniversary of democracy. In three sustained months of campaigning-marches, sit-ins, cases and petitions, demonstrations, press conferences-the movement forced the Nepali government to cancel the kamaiyas' generation-deep debts.

Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can\'t Read Maps
Allan and Barbara Pearse
Manjul Publishing House, Bhopal, 2001
Rs 312
The controversial book that suggests that though of the same species, men and women live in different worlds, in part because their brains perceive things in different ways and their chemical make-up is radically different. The authors say they focus on different things, talk and listen differently and have very varied abilities with understanding space-all of which has an impact on love, sexuality and relationships.

"Kay Gardeko?": The Royal Massacre in Nepal
Prakash A Raj
Rupa & Co New Delhi 2001,
Rs 200

My Quest for the Yeti: Confronting the Himalayas Deepest Mystery

Reinhold Messner
Macmillan London, 2000
Rs 1,500

Staying Alive: Memories of Women in Prison
Durga Ghimire
Jagdish Ghimire Kathmandu 2000,
Rs 350

The Dreadful Night: Carnage at Nepalese Royal Palace

Aditya Man Shrestha
Kathmandu 2000,
Rs 500

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)