Fatalism And Development. The Book.

All photos by Yogesh Khatiwada

I have posted the photos of me looking for, finding and buying the much acclaimed book Fatalism and Development by anthropologist Dor Bahadur Bista who has gone missing since 1997.

My article about the first impression of the book (and hearsay about the writer’s disappearance) will come out in Nepali in the newspaper in the next few days. I will link to the article once it comes out and might translate some paragraphs if I find time. Anyone willing to volunteer for the translation is welcome (I can send you the article in advance!).

DW with a copy of Fatalism and Development

At the Orient Longman stall, Dinesh Wagle looks for a hard cover copy of Dor Bahadur Bista’s famous book Fatalism and Development: Nepal’s Struggle for Modernism.

And DW finds the book

Pay time: DW pays for the book.

Perhaps some change

And waiting for the receipt of the payment while trying to figure out the shape and size of the book.

4 thoughts on “Fatalism And Development. The Book.

  1. poo

    DinWag, I am really jealous… I am going to the book fair this saturday and buy some good books….i am sure there must be lots and lots of options!
    Yogesh ji has done a brilliant job…
    Well, any special discounts on the price???


  2. DinWag

    There are quite a few options but you might be disappointed if I say there are lots and lots of options. But that should have been like that actually, these kinds of fairs should provide us lots of options. There are a few stalls that might be of interest to you.

    About the discount, there are mixed views. Some say they get discounts as much as 30 percent in the normal shops while others say it’s good that the fair is providing 10 to 15 to perhaps 20 percent discount.

    But the best thing about the fair is the mahol, the atmosphere, the feel. There are so many people with different type of facial expressions and body language that you feel good about your participation in the fair. Well, I felt so.


  3. Hans

    Greetings from Munich!

    In the 15 years that I lived in Nepal (Lalitpur) I have enjoyed many books on Nepal. ‘F&D’ is still and will always be the best book to understand Nepal and why it is where it is (unfortunately). Read it at least 3 times.

    Oh, and send my best regards to all the foreign development bimbos at GTZ, DFID, SNV … you name the load of hypocrites.



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