- Paperback: 313 pages
- Publisher: Rupa & Co; New edition edition (1 January 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8129109557
- ISBN-13: 978-8129109552
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,26,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya Paperback – Jan 2007
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Britta goes to Bhutan for a year,works in a remote village called Mongar with no facilities,tries her level best to help the local people but not withstanding the food and changing weather of Himalayas has to unfortunately return to her homeland Canada with an unexpected gift - An Indian husband.
Living in the shadow of Himalayas anywhere in the world is difficult.The only difference is the high acceptance and happiness level of the people in Bhutan which is the only country to count the happiness index.The only thing that shocks is the ignorance of stray dogs,The Bhutanese people follow Buddhism and at least the government should take care of them.
Nice book Britta,hope to have more books on your physiotherapy experiences in future.
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What stands out to me about Britta Das' book is the realistic portrayals of life in Bhutan. Poverty, poor hygiene, disease, and other ills impact the Bhutanese in a somewhat disproportionate way because of the lack of resources, and the descriptions in this book are vivid (to say the least). In fact, if one were only to read the sections where the author describes these problems, it might persuade others to not visit Bhutan. But taken in the context of the other descriptions in the book, as well as other books about Bhutan, it should not dissuade anyone.
The book is short and easy to read. It is intensely personal and has some nice photos as well. I highly recommend this book if you are thinking about going to Bhutan (as I am someday) or are just interested.
One of the reasons I enjoyed this book was how realistic and gritty the author's view point was. She saw the dirty homes, the ill people, not just the natural beauty and the Buddhist lifestyles. Of course, she was there to work along side the people, not just passing through like many others.
She found a lot in her journey - love, pain, understanding, enlightenment. She brought something back, not just photos or stories to write about, but maybe a changed soul? She is brave enough to share those experiences. She didn't just tell us about temples and shops, street names and problems with the toilets, like so many other travel books. She told us about her fears, dreams, her romance and her failures.
Can't get more real than that!
I recommend this book to all who plan to travel to Bhutan, to see beyond the dazzling tourist sites.