The 1960s have always captivated me. I see this period as a watershed for Nepal when history was being made which separated what had come before and what followed after. By contrast, the post-1990 period in which I have lived seems swamped only with dubious, rumbling politics.
The setting and substance of James F Fisher’s recent book, At Home in the World: Globalization and the Peace Corps in Nepal, epitomizes the landscape of that effervescent history when we were learning and imitating how to be ‘modern.’ For anyone interested in this period, this book encapsulates it from a unique vantage point.
Fisher belongs to the first generation of anthropologists who began observing Nepal minutely from the early Sixties. Since then he has claimed Nepal as his ‘dosro ghar’ (second home) and has produced a noteworthy amount of academic work on Nepal. His works have not only given him academic credentials but have also contributed to fostering the discipline of anthropology in Nepal.