Sierra Writers to Hold Read/Sign/Sell Event at Open Book on August 26, 2017.

Buhari small book cover2Linda-portrait-webThe Open Book is a used book store, meeting space and event center in Grass Valley, CA.  They will supply the venue for me and fellow authors to read from our books.  Mine will be Buhari — A Family Odyssey in Nepal.  Each author plans to read for 15 minutes and will provide snacks and/or beverages for attendees.  On this date, I’ll be selling my book at a discount off the list price with no shipping charges!

Learn who else will be reading at:  For directions to The Open Book, click here or paste this address in your browser:

Nepal Attracts Foreign Investment

Click “Writing” link above to read about Buhari — A Family Odyssey in Nepal.

industry-2489601__340According to a July 20, 2017 article in the Himalayan Times, fiscal year investment in Nepal reached Rs 15.17 billion.  The largest investor was China, followed by India second and the United States third.  Ten other nations also invested, all dividing their investments between, large, medium and small scale industries.

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Kathmandu Turns Waste into Biofuel

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) and the European Union will share a 18.2 million rupee investment to process waste into biofuel.  According to the June 27th issue of The Kathmandu Post, the Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management Project will turn three metric tonnes of organic materials into 300 kilograms organic fertiliser, 14 kilowatts electricity and 13,500 liters water.  EU’s ambassador to Nepal, Rensje Teerink, said he would like Kathmandu to be known to the world as a beautiful and clean city.Solid Waste Project

Photo Credit: Kathmandu Post

Click on my “Writing” link at the top of this page to get a preview of my new book, “Buhari — A Family Odyssey in Nepal.”






Nepal Slashes Agricultural Budget

Nepal Farming Credit: Nepalindata/News

While priority has been given to farm modernisation, commercialisation and mechanisation to attain food self-sufficiency, the modernization project will be handled by local units.  Among those to receive funding will be special crops development, farmers market infrastructure development, fishery development, and small irrigation projects.


Nepal Holds First Local Elections in Twenty Years

Local ElectionsPhoto credit — Associated Press

While we celebrated Mother’s Day in the U.S., Nepalis headed to the polls.  An estimated 71 percent of eligible voters selected local officials, a privilege denied them for the last twenty years.  After ousting their monarchy, the country is poised to show the rest of the world how democracy works.  Read more at ABC News:

KMC starts managing tangled wires – Capital – The Kathmandu Post

fixing-wire-07052017074903-1000x0The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has started management of the wires and cables hanging from utility poles.

Tangled wires mar an ancient city struggling to catch up with the rest of the world.  The news the city is removing them is encouraging, but far from the perfect scenario of seeing no wires in the city at all.  Despite the mess, internet connectivity is faster here than in many of other countries around the world (most notably the United States), and since modernization began in many areas of Nepal after the advent of portable cell phones,  telephone lines often became unnecessary.

Source: KMC starts managing tangled wires – Capital – The Kathmandu Post

Tackling Air Pollution in Kathmandu

Haze and Dust in Kathmandu / AFP

According to Ashok Dahal and Annabel Symington of Agence France-Presse,
a powerful bus lobby prevents the implementation of legislation which would relieve pollution in Kathmandu. A government ban on public vehicles older than 20 years introduced in February has so far yielded only four minibuses and one bus being taken off the road.  An estimated 2,500 fail to meet new age requirements for vehicles.  Read more in The Nation Multimedia: