In 2002 and 2003, the author lived and worked in the little-known and seldom-visited country of Bhutan, which sprawls along the Himalayas between India and Tibet. A century ago, the country was a mediaeval kingdom, with no roads and little contact with the outside world. Today it is in transition to becoming a modern democracy, with an elected government, universal health and education services, full electrification and 21st century communications. During his stay, the author dispatched regular newsletters to an ever-growing circle of relatives and friends overseas. In this volume, they have been compiled and re-edited. They present an affectionate, witty and light-hearted picture of a country struggling to modernise while maintaining its historical values and traditions.
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