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At Home In The Himalayas

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At Home in the Himalayas is both an irresistible autobiography and a magical portrait of life in the Kullu Valley in the West Himalayas.
Paperback, 210 pages
Published 1991 by Fontana
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Apr 08, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
In the early 1970s the chang and the bhang were the main draw for most western visitors seeking blissed-out enlightenment in the Indian Himalaya. Most stayed months, some stayed years; few were compos mentis enough to contribute much to the local life.

It was different for Christina Noble when she arrived in Manali, 7000 feet up in the Kullu Valley. "I must have seemed like a hippie (or hippini, as the female is referred to in Kullu), though I didn't consider myself one," she writes in the forew
Oct 28, 2013 Dhali rated it did not like it
I've had this on my to-read-and-then-decide-whether-to-keep-or-give-away shelf for ages and finally got round to it. As an account of Noble's life in the Himalayas it's okay but rather lacking in substance. She writes about her life but not about herself which made me feel rather disconnected from her story, and her easy acceptance of her white-privileges began to grate after a while. There's an incident when she comes back and finds that her family's home has been rented out her landlord in ...more
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Christina Noble is an Irish children's rights campaigner, charity worker, and founder of the Christina Noble Children's Foundation.

Born into the slums of Dublin, Christina was sent into an orphanage at the age of 10 when her mother died. She spent the rest of her childhood and adolescence either in institutions or living rough on the streets of Dublin. In 1971, during her abusive first marriage, s
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