A Book is Born

I belong to the “slide night” generation, having been subjected to these events in childhood, the consequence of having a father who enjoy photography. Not surprisingly I followed in his footsteps. My first trip overseas at the end of my fifth year in medicine was to Nepal. In Singapore I purchased a relatively expensive SLR Pentax camera. Over the next 15 to 20 years I accumulated a cupboard of Kodachrome slides. In the three months that I worked at a mission hospital in Kathmandu I wrote a diary in fact it was the beginning of a travel blog before travel blogs were invented! Those of you who have been intermittently reading this web-based travel blog realise that I enjoy creating and I think have a modicum of talent, in such writing. So it was a few weeks ago that I purchased an expensive Epson professional photocopier which had the ability to copy and archive Kodachrome slides. I have now dictated the typewritten diary which I turned into a bound book at the end of my university course and now plan to “publish” it in a more modern and user-friendly version To whet your appetite I post below two or three of the slides which I took and have modified in terms of size to incorporate them into my pending publication. My stay in Kathmandu was divided into working in the hospital and finally for the last month I trekked to Everest base camp and then returned, to enjoy after a month without washing, a beautiful warm shower. The pictures explain it all.

I am listening to a young Nepalese man complain of chest pain. Many were convinced they had TB and not without reason!

I am listening to a young Nepalese man complain of chest pain. Many were convinced they had TB and not without reason!


The summit from the Based Camp at Kalapatar.

Everest : The summit from the Based Camp at Kalapatar.


Some say this is more majestic than Everest.

Amadablam Some say this is more majestic than Everest.


First cycle is a hot shower with soap and srub

First cycle is a hot shower with soap and srub


Shower

Then a rinse cycle in COLD water, enough to make everything shrink.

2 thoughts on “A Book is Born

  1. Graham I look forward to the next revealing episode! Sounds like a worthwhile piece of equipment as I regret that we have no photos of our early travels and times in PNG as all the slides went mouldy.

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