Buttertea at Sunrise: A Year in the Bhutan Himalaya Paperback – 8 May 2005
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Britta Das writes with compassion and understanding. A rare insight into life in this remarkable country -- Alec le Sueur
Buttertea at Sunrise, richness should appeal to anyone who appreciates the capable telling of a fascinating story. -- Jon-Patrick Fadely
Compelling and uplifting... an emotional rollercoaster. Buttertea at Sunrise is a special read. -- Yoga magazine
It's a simple, romantic tale...while cautious not to be overly sentimental. -- Geographical magazine
Through the eyes of Britta Das, we gain valuable insight into the mysterious realm of Bhutan... compelling reading. -- Michael Buckley
About the Author
Britta Das lives in Canada with her husband and two daughters. Buttertea at Sunrise, is her first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
The friendships and love that Britta finds during her year in Mongar are touching and sensitively written.
This is a great book !
Britta's story unfolds amidst this portrait of rural Bhutan, and develops into a subtle tale of love and personal endeavour.
A little treasure of a book with the power to expand anyone's horizons; I thoroughly recommend it!
It works on many levels: a journal; cultural snapshot; human observation; tutorial and a yearning love story, executed with an assured and delightfully open use of language revealing sincerity and compassion.
Visually atmospheric episodes are interwoven in the tale of Britta`s engaging interaction with Bhutan`s people and landscape and a gentle humour underscores the weightier issues she has to contend with as a physiotherapist for Voluntary Service Overseas and in coping with her own, traumatic, health problems.
The closing paragraphs of chapters nine and eighteen illustrate the fluency and effortless use of imagery which gives the book its special quality, but there are gems scattered throughout the pages:
".....others are left to silence and destiny"
"No immediate intent guides my way"
"Somewhere in that contemplation of me versus them, the seed of a feeling of strangeness is planted inside me"
And, with a Zen-like insight, two paragraphs (I`ll leave you the pleasure of discovering them) eloquently encapsulate the wisdom and human potential of the Buddhist concept of acceptance.
Six weeks later I am still carrying evocative images and impressions from the story.
If I was stranded on a desert island this is a book I would want to have with me.
Buttertea At Sunrise would translate without difficulty into a screenplay. A film, with sympathetic direction, could be an enchanting and uplifting experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book, takes you to the place of Bhutan,fab descriptions you feel you are there, a lovely romantic story and extremely inspirational. Alovely read.Published on 21 May 2012 by Bernice
I finally bought and read this rather dull and inaccurate book.it reveals her reliance on her Indian husband to present his view of buddhism and bhutan. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2011 by Oygen
Buttertea at sunrise gives us an evocative glimpse into a world that few people have seen. Britta Das has been fortunate to visit and work in Bhutan at a time when the old world of... Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2009 by T. Goldsmith