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Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war—for a huge fee—by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.
For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life’s work.
Little Princes is a true story of families and children, and what one person is capable of when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. At turns tragic, joyful, and hilarious, Little Princes is a testament to the power of faith and the ability of love to carry us beyond our wildest expectations.
How Taking Notes and Living without Indoor Plumbing Would Change My Life
When I was living in Nepal, I kept a notebook with me at all times. It was a small Nepali-made notebook—the brand name was Happy Days! or some such thing— and it made me smile every time I looked at it. I took it everywhere I went, and wrote in it often.
The children constantly asked me what I was writing, and I would tell them I was recording our conversations. That was true, but it was more than that. I was also recording everything I found strange in my new home. Like the fact that the kids chewed on chicken bones until they were practically dust, or that one of the boys, Santosh, had a digital watch which he’d borrowed from a friend that, along with displaying the hour, flashed “I Love You!” once per second.
There were times I was caught without my notebook, like in the middle of a soccer game when Dawa’s shot—destined for just inside the invisible right post—was blocked by the broadside of a cow, and I had to try to recall from memory the captivating debate over the role of livestock in team sports, and whether or not the goal should count. (It didn’t.)
Then, when the children would go to bed at 8 p.m., I would bundle up in two or three fleeces, a hat, and woolen gloves I had cut the fingers out of; I’d pull out my notebook and I’d sit down to write my travel blog, copying everything I had put into the notebook over the course of the day into an old, ultra-light Dell I’d bought off eBay for about 200 dollars. It was pretty much useless except as a word processor, but it was the most precious thing I owned. Over the next three years, traveling the globe and living in Nepal, I would end up typing just over half-a-million words on that little workhorse—five times the length of Little Princes.
It turned out that writing everything down in the moment was critical because the more time I spent in Nepal, the more normal these “strange” things became. It became normal to watch my blankets being made from scratch on the ground outside my house, to trade broken flip-flops for potatoes, and to use outhouses on a daily basis without thinking twice about it. (Did you hear that, people? Outhouses!)
The funny thing is, with all that note-taking, I never had any intention of writing a book about my time in Nepal. It honestly never occurred to me that it was a much of a story until someone else mentioned the idea to me.
Once I started writing the book, however, I couldn’t stop. I went back to my old notebooks and I was suddenly in Nepal again, hearing in my mind exactly how Hriteek had laughed, or Nishal had protested, or Raju had squealed as he’d run through the house, bare feet padding against the cold cement floors.
Little Princes, the book, allowed me to revisit that wonderful, difficult, challenging, happy time of my life. I still get back to Nepal, of course, and I still see the children. But they change, they grow up. Writing Little Princes allowed me to visit the children as they were. And also, as the person I was.
You CAN make a difference, one person at a time.
I found him incredibly relatable, and his writing style very personal... almost as if he were a good friend sharing his story with me.
Conor Grennan had me hooked from the very beginning of Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal!
After seeing Nepal over twenty years I have seen what goes on and I admire these young men for what they are doing and the problems they go through we are lucky to have such... Read morePublished 1 day ago by joan hoile
It was very heartwarming to read this true story. That is, I sure hope it's true. Wouldn't want to be duped by another Three Cups of Tea.Published 7 days ago by Maryjean Higgins
This book will make you want to be better and do better. Volunteer somewhere. It doesn't take a professional to be helpful.Published 10 days ago by Husker
Compassionately and beautifully written, this book is required reading for those who too easily turn a blind eye on this utterly destructive, amoral abuse of human rights.Published 12 days ago by Rowann Gilman
My overall reaction of the book was eye-opening, entertaining, and the transformation of an emerging adult into maturity. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Do not judge this book by the cover. It is an eye opening experience to another culture. While some part a are very funny there are many parts tingged with tragity. Read morePublished 16 days ago by kyle kern
Interested in reading about one man’s emotional journey? Then, this is the book for you. Before reading this book, I had no idea the magnitude of how bad the child trafficking... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Tricia
i really liked this book because it showed us how the people of Nepal lived. My first reaction to this book was really touching. Read morePublished 16 days ago by nadia
After reading Little Princes, it made me realize a lot about the children being trafficked in Nepal. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Vanessagalvan