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Light in the Mountains -- Namaste, Rakshi, and Electricity in a Himalayan Village (Memoirs of a Thoughtful Travleler Book 3) Kindle Edition

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Length: 207 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"For author Jeff Rasley, the heart of the matter in his new book ... is clearly the two sides to progress.  The book is actually two separate yet inseparable stories. One sensitively captures Mr. Rasley's love affair with the magnificent beauty and magnetism of Mt. Everest and the mountainous region of Nepal, and with the physical, mental and spiritual challenges and rewards of mountain climbing and trekking. The other more compelling story, for most readers, is Rasley's warm, admiring portrait of Nepal's intriguing Sherpa and Rai peoples and their cultures." -Reader Views

"This book reminds me of Three Cups of Tea in that Rasley went to Nepal, saw the needs of the tiny village in the Himalayas, which had no running water and no electricity and badly needed teachers and a school, returned home and made it happen." Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures International Magazine

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Affluent kids at a wealthy suburban high school, after viewing a slideshow about Basa village, asked me, "Why do the Basa kids seem so much happier than we are.  We have so much and they have so little.  Yet, they are happy and we are stressed and anxious." 

In Light in the Mountains I compare and contrast the culture of those American adolescents with the children of Basa.  In doing so I reveal what I have learned about the communal bonds of Basa village and why it is such a happy place.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 4061 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Midsummer Books (January 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070OCIKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Rasley lives on the White River in Indianapolis with Alicia and Bandit. Jeff is the author of eight books. He wrote bad poetry as a teenager and short stories in college. Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, and other periodicals eventually published his feature articles.

Jeff dropped out of college, saved money from factory work, then hitch-hiked across the USA. Money earned on a road crew financed travels in Europe and motorcycling from Indiana to Mexico City. Marriage and kids limited him to Himalayan mountaineering and sea-kayaking expeditions.

Jeff's commitment to social activism and philanthropy began in high school when he co-founded the Goshen Walk for Hunger. In law school he fought for renters' rights, and organized the first rent strike in Indiana as president of the Indianapolis Tenants Association. He was lead counsel on class action suits for prisoners which resulted in the construction of two new jails in Central Indiana. Jeff was plaintiff in a class action requiring clean-up of the White River after it was polluted by an industrial chemical spill. Jeff is president of the Basa Village Foundation, which funds culturally sensitive development in Nepal. He is a director for five nonprofits. He is U.S. liaison for the Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks Ltd, and teaches philosophy of philanthropy at Butler University.

Jeff's BA is from U of Chicago magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, All-Academic All-State Football, letter winner in swimming and football; JD Indiana University Law School cum laude, Moot Court, Indiana Law Review; M Div Christian Theological Seminary magna cum laude, co-valedictorian and Faculty Award Scholar. He has been admitted to the Indiana, US District Court, and US Supreme Court Bars.

Jeff describes reading Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past as great an adventure as climbing Himalayan peaks.

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Impressed by how open Rasley is with his inner thoughts and feelings. Most people have great difficulty in putting themselves out there for everyone to see at such a level. Interesting story on how author handled mid life crisis by becoming involved with remote village in Nepal and his efforts to help them without destroying their way of life. I also found his path to becoming a Quaker very interesting. I hope anybody who's going through that midlife crisis will read this book and find a productive outlet for their crisis. Much better to help others than to buy a red sports car and find a trophy girlfriend. I've recommended this book to several business associates who have reached the "want to give back to the community" place in their lives. Very inspirational reading.
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I must say this is not something I would normally read. But I'm glad I did.

It was surprisingly refreshing to read about Basa and it's people. I have not traveled far from home but the Author in this story has traveled and get to know the hospitality of these people.

I hope that transportation for school supplies will be easier for them in the foreseen future..

Great Writing!!
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