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Bringing Progress to Paradise: What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal

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What does it mean to bring progressOCoschools, electricity, roads, running waterOCoto paradise? Can our consumer culture and desire to OC do goodOCO really be good for a community that has survived contentedly for centuries without us?

In October 2008, climbing expedition leader and attorney, Jeffrey Rasley, led a trek to a village in a remote valley in the Solu region of N
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Published May 14th 2014 by Conari Press (first published September 15th 2010)
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Jim Dressner
This sounded like a book that would have insights about how to bring positive development to a rural Nepali village. Instead, it was a travelogue about the author's trek to the village of Basa and his inner conflict about "bringing progress to paradise." This is not a bad book, but disappointingly lower than my expectations.

The narrative of the trek was interesting--with good descriptions of the scenery and the effort required, and oozing with appreciation for Nepalis. This section of the book w
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From the author: "What does it mean to bring progress--schools, electricity, roads, running water--to paradise? Will introducing the benefits of modern progressive cultures really improve life within a community that has survived contentedly for centuries? Does it matter whether the desire to "do good" is a motivation of the ones helping to bring progress?

"In October 2008, climbing expedition leader and attorney, Jeff Rasley, led a trek to a village named Basa on a Himala
I'm heading to Nepal in a week and a bit so happened upon this book as I was looking for something to read to get me in the mood. This book reads like a journal - how an ordinary man's life is impacted after he begins trekking through Nepal (multiple times over the years), how the Himalayas affects him, makes him reflect on his own life & the lives of those he meets on the treks & how he comes to want to "give back" (selecting a particular village in the Solu region called Basa). It chro ...more
May 30, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tackled the interesting question how to bring progress to self-sustaining idyllic communities without them becoming engulfed in western style consumerism, and the bigger question of 'should we?' All in all it was an interesting, thought provoking read with enjoyable stories of hiking in Nepal and the interesting cultures found throughout those mountains. The main focus of the trek was the Nepalese village of Basa - and if you're interested in the project to bring hydroelectricity and s ...more
Jeffrey Rasley
Apr 15, 2014 Jeffrey Rasley rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it, so, of course, I recommend it. If you're fleeing devils or chasing angels, you'll learn why you may find what you need in the high Himalayas. You have to be lost before grace can find you. They love to make flower garlands and sing and dance in Basa village, where there is no plumbing, electricity or vehicles with wheels. Read and learn about the Basa magnetism. Proceeds help continue the work of the Basa Village Foundation NGO Nepal.
Apr 13, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
This book didn't need to be written, but if it had to be it should have been edited better to remove the unnecessary bits. One of the more ego stroking travel memoirs I have read. Also, the author is a bit of a dick as an outdoor team member/leader. I'm glad I'm not trekking with him.
Oct 11, 2014 R.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting memoir that takes us to the Himalayas and teaches us about the history of Nepal in the process. The book is both entertaining and educational and is well worth a read.
Oct 28, 2012 Lynn rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, travel

The book began on a enthusiastic note.but quickly ended up being a trek to Nepali villages with people who paid to go and some weren't In shape or had the materials to go. Finally they get to the village and kids get school materials. Nice but this book is thin and more a personal travelogue than a book others should read. It's pretty thin. I'm glad he helped a village or two and loves Nepalis. I still think he prefers trekking more.
Dev Scott Flores
No Three Cups here - could have been a much better read if there'd been a rigorous editor (errors such as a "there" when it should have been "their" are inexcusable) but it is a quick read/nice introduction to trekking in this part of the world
Dana Bailey
I don't have anything against this book except it simply wasn't what I expected. It was certainly more geared toward the experienced hiker and adventurer and I'm content with a nice hiking trail in a state park.
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Oct 30, 2010 Alicia Rasley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's great! This is about a man who goes to Nepal searching for adventure, but finds a new purpose for his life in a tiny village far away from the tourist areas.
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Jeff Rasley is the author of nine books and has published numerous articles in academic and mainstream periodicals, including Newsweek, Chicago Magazine, ABA Journal, Family Law Review, American Athenaeum, Pacific Magazine, Indy's Child, The Journal of Communal Societies, The Chrysalis Reader, Faith & Fitness Magazine, Friends Journal, and Real Travel Adventures International Magazine. He is a ...more
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