Boy from Siklis: The Life and Times of Chandra Gurung, A
About the book: a boy from siklis: the life and times of chandra gurung a remarkable potrait of a modern-day hero, his nation and his legacy in late september 2006, chandra gurung organized an event in remote ghunsa village in eastern nepal to celebrate a landmark in the countrys conservation history: the handover of the ownership of forest areas by the government to local inhabitants. The handover also marked the apex of chandras career as an environmentalist. On the way back from ghunsa, the helicopter ferrying chandra and others crashed, killing everyone aboard. A boy from siklis traces chandra gurungs remarkable life-his birth in the tiny village of siklis; his education in nepal and abroad; his work, first with the king mahendra trust for nature conservation and then as head of the world wildlife fund nepal-and his meteoric rise as he became one the keystones of nature-conservation efforts in nepal. A compelling story of a life lived with verve and an honest desire to make a lasting difference, a boy from siklis is also a valuable and illuminating history of nature conservation in nepal, caught up in the countrys thorny politics. About the author: manjushree thapa manjushree thapa is one of south asias best-known writers. She has written two novels, seasons of flight and the tutor of history; a collection of short stories, tilled earth; and three books of non-fiction: the lives we have lost: essays and opinions on nepal, forget kathmandu: an elegy for democracy and mustang bhot in fragments. Manjushree thapa divides her time between kathmandu and toronto.
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