On His Majesty's Service
|Author:||Hemanta R. Mishra and Jim Ottaway Jr.|
|Publisher:||Vajra Books, Nepal|
|Pages:||370 (Throughout B/w Illustrations)|
|Other Details||8.50x5.50 inch|
JIM OTTAWAY JR is a former American newspaper publisher, writer and editor, who retired as senior vice-president of Dow Jones & Co. Inc., chairman of the Ottaway Newspapers Inc. and chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee. Ottaway is a longtime supporter of conservation and sustainable development in Nepal.
Hemanta has had a remarkable life if one simply looks at the bare bones of his career positions and achievements, but that would not be doing him justice at all. He (and his wife Sushma) exude comfort and camaraderie in the same way that a crackling fire on a cold, wet and blustery evening warms a room. He always has stories to tell and the breadth of his contacts is mind-blowing. One of my first impressions of Hemanta was that he knew everyone-or certainly seemed to. I was travelling with him in India and everywhere we went, he knew a local grand poobah (a technical term for a VIP). In Delhi, he arranged a meal with the US Ambassador; and in Nepal, he was connected with everyone. More importantly, the people he knew reciprocated his warmth and interests.
Like my three previous books: The Soul of the Rhino, The Bones of the Tiger and Nepal's Chitwan National Park: A Handbook, I wrote this book with my good friend Jim Ottaway Jr., a philanthropist, a veteran Nepal-wallah and an American with a Himalaya-sized heart. I could not have written it without Jim's encouragement and constant but polite cajoling since he inspired me to write this book in March 2010, in an isolated village perched at 3,800 meters (12,500 feet) in Upper Mustang in North Western Nepal (See Prologue).
I have relied on my past publications for some chapters in the book. A listing of footnotes at the back of the book provides sources references from other sources.
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