The Best Books on Nepal

I was invited to select 5 of my favorite books on Nepal. I picked the five books I feel will introduce Nepal best to a first time visitor. Tiger for Breakfast by Michel Peissel The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Video Night in Kathmandu by Pico Iyer Kathmandu by […]

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My chilling encounter with serial killer Charles Sobhraj in The Daily Telegraph

In December 2003, Central Jail in the Nepali capital Kathmandu was everything one might expect from a prison in a developing country. Its high walls, interspersed by watchtowers topped with barbed wire, were patrolled by armed guards. The visitor’s room was a cold, dirty, rectangular cell, divided by a chest-high wall topped with a wire […]

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Belt and Road reaches Nepal’s wild north in the Nikkei Asian Review

My latest story with Laure Siegel in the Nikkei Asian Review on how highways, bridges and dams flow from Chinese infrastructure bonanza in Nepal. A hard truck ride to the Nepal/China/Tibet border, the proverbial end of the world. Some 140 km to the north of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, China’s “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan is in […]

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