Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya

Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya


  • ebook
  • Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya
  • Britta Das
  • English
  • 22 December 2016
  • 9781840244984

10 thoughts on “Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya

  1. Andrea Andrea says:

    I think this is about the fourth time I've read this same recipe; young woman heads off to find herself by working in Bhutan just as it was beginning to open up and ends up finding happiness Nothing wrong with that I've enjoyed them all but in my view Linda Leaming did it the bestIn this offering Britta Das volunteers to work as a physiotherapisteducator in the township of Mongar in Easter Bhutan From Chapter 1 she establishes beyond any doubt that this is a remote posting even though the hospital at which she is based is a decent size having recently been conferred the status of referral hospital for the region She has to learn to deal with the weather unreliable electricity supply lack of choice in the local shops and here's a new one ravenous fleas Luckily her hospital colleagues speak her language although her older patients don't so that presents some challenges at times tooDas takes us through her year in Bhutan by regaling us with anecdotes about people and situations she encounters in Mongar and the surrounding villages It's nice If you're interested you can also see some of her photographs on wwwbrittadascom to help illustrate the story In terms of what was lacking although there was a map of Bhutan in my edition I would have really appreciated a detailed map of greater Mongar to help get my bearingsIf you've already read Leaming Zeppa and Napoli and still want then this would be a good addition to your reading list


  2. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    In the 1980s when I was working at a language school we had a lesson on Voluntary Service Overseas The organisation wasn't very well described but I got the impression that it was something like America's Peace Corps so I was interested to read this book Unfortunately it didn't live up towell much of anything You won't learn a thing about VSO here We are told she was so eager to get started she convinced VSO to forgo her language classes I doubt they would allow this unless she had at least a nodding acuaintance with the languages she would need in her posting but she would have us believe that in just a couple of weeks she was conversing with her patients at a basic level I knew we were in trouble when the author said she was charmed by the sight of the prayer flags Interested intrigued fascinated all would have been word choices that drew me in but charmed let me know that this is yet another young woman who romanticises everything I was right She's not interested in describing much of her work or interaction with the hospital staff We are led to believe she holed up in the physio room and stayed there unless she was cadging snacks and warmth at the nurses' station Apparently she made no effort to create a rapport with other staffers at all What little we see of her actual work casts her in the role of saviour of her patients and Little Mother of All Compassion including paying their expenses to the city for better diagnosis etc Her innate sense of superiority to everyone around her is evident in every line When called on her behaviour she withdrew even further from the hospital the place she went to voluntarily supposedly to serve the people there No wonder the administrators looked askance Of course everyone knew she was only there for a year and then she'd be off to her next adventure I'm not being unkind I have known many young adults like this often language teachers or missionaries who fled forward from one job country position to another They leave promising eternal friendship and you never hear another word Their blog gets taken down and emails go unanswered as they run off to the next place and group of people Then there's her romance with the doctor the only attractive male around the one she refers to repeatedly as an arrogant know it all I have to wonder how long that marriage actually lasted in the cold light of day when she was back in her own world I was strongly reminded of Eat Pray Love as well as many self appointed missionaries in my cityand that is not a compliment The best that can be said for this book is that it is a lite fast read due to its lack of contentETA Curiously enough the only info I can find online about Ms Dass refers to this book Nothing about her life since Bhutan her husband or anything beyond the fact that she works in Toronto as a physiotherapist Even Facebook only appears to have a plug for this book


  3. Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance says:

    Britta travels to Bhutan to volunteer as a physiotherapist and discovers a beautiful country with beautiful people amid the Himalaya Mountains


  4. Vishnupriya Sharma Vishnupriya Sharma says:

    I picked this book up as I was looking for some writing on Bhutan culture and life in Bhutan It provides a whole lot than that Britta has written a very candid experience of hers In addition to the life and culture in Bhutan there are many stories layered very beautifully There is the author doctor who is striving for the health of the people in Bhutan there is the romantic journey in flashes then there is the intensity of the monks and the Buddhists or even the struggles of a Canadian in BhutanIt is not a heavy reading at times I found it boring too when the description of the scenery got verbose There is a tinge of sentimentalism that the author was not watchful of when she was writing I presumeThe story flows uite naturally and freely without any hiccups one has to get adjusted toI'm glad I read this book If you like travel are interested in various cultures this is a good book to read If you've been to Bhutan you may not enjoy this book but if you haven't there are chances that you'll love this


  5. K K says:

    I have to say I wasn't overly fond of this book It really wasn't a travelogue as such and I found that it gave no real sense of the country It also verged off into sentimentalism toward the end


  6. Kan Bhalla Kan Bhalla says:

    Britta's memoir throws a light into the incredible lives of people in this gorgeous country in the 90s While sharing intricate details about uniue lives of the people here she keeps the reader engaged with interspersed stories of her personal life and her romance with her future husband Overall a satisfying read that leaves a smile on your lips as you turn the last page


  7. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    This one falls into the category of books that are ostensibly about women doing awesome things but that are actually about a very typical romance I cannot fathom how you could spend a year in Bhutan which is one of the most fascinating and forbidden regions on the planet and write primarily about yourself It's a pity because when she does write about Bhutan some of it is pretty good and definitely evocative of the feeling of being there but when she's writing badly it's sentimental and not too convincing In fact I'm not even going to waste my time writing about it There must be better books about Bhutan out there I'm off to find them


  8. Connie Dyer Connie Dyer says:

    Most travel books are written by professional writers journalists or scholars who like to travel Every once in a while an ordinary person simply tells the story of their stay in a world very different from their own because it seems worth sharing This is one of those books Just a window into an otherwise private person's life upended and transformed by going to live and work in a remote Bhutanese village I couldn't put it down And a month later i had arranged to spend a substantial chunk of change for an extended trip to Bhutan so I could learn


  9. Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan Krishna Sruthi Srivalsan says:

    This could have been such a good book if only it hadn't been all about 'I me myself' Thought I was settling to read an interesting account of life in Bhutan; turned out to be an insipid romance Meh


  10. Sharon Sharon says:

    A very special book A riveting story beautifully told The story takes place in a small Irish town and is told from the point of view of several of the townspeople The way of telling the story reminded me of Olive Kitteridge


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Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya❰Read❯ ➫ Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya Author Britta Das – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Often seen as a magical paradise at the end of the world Bhutan is inaccessible to most travellers Set against the dramatic scenery of the Himalaya this beautiful memoir reveals hardships and happines Often seen as a Sunrise: A Epub Þ magical paradise at the end of the world Bhutan is inaccessible to most travellers Set against the dramatic scenery of the Himalaya this beautiful memoir reveals hardships and happiness in a land almost untouched by the West When Britta a young physiotherapist goes to work in a remote village hospital her good intentions Buttertea at PDF/EPUB or are put to the test amid monsoons fleas and shocking conditions But as she visits homes in the mountains and learns the mysteries of tantric Buddhism the country casts its enduring spell Gaining insights into the traditions of this mystical kingdom she makes friends and falls in love Bhutan will change her life forever.