Book and Film Reviews

If you are interested in reviewing one of the books listed below (thereby receiving a free copy of the book) or one of the films, please contact Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, HIMALAYA Reviews Editor, via email at Please include your name, position, and a brief description of your qualification and interest in the book requested. Please also feel free to get in touch with additional titles that you would like to review or would recommend for review in HIMALAYA, or to express your interest in being a reviewer in the future.

Click here to download the Style Guidelines for submitting articles, reports and reviews to HIMALAYA.

Click here to read our first Extended Book Review by Brenton Sullivan on Michael Lempert’s Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

Please direct correspondence related to reviews to:

Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz
Department of Religion
University of Illinois
2090 Foreign Language Building, MC-177
707 South Mathews
Urbana, Illinois 61801
United States of America




Abbasi, Reema. Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience. Niyogi Books, 2014.

Acharya, Baburam. The Bloodstained Throne: Struggles for Power in Nepal (1775-1914). Penguin 2013.

Adhikari, Indra. Military and Democracy in Nepal. Routledge India, 2015.

Adhikari, Jagannath. Under the Shadow of the Red Flag: Travels During Nepal’s Armed Conflict. Martin Chautari, 2014.

Adhikari, Prawin. The Vanishing Act: Stories. Rupa Publications, 2014.

Adhikari, Tulasi. Running from the Dreamland. Allwrite Publishing, 2014.

Allen, Charles. The Prisoner of Kathmandu: Brian Hodgson in Nepal 1820-43. Haus Publishing Ltd., 2015.

Alter, Andrew. Mountainous Sound Spaces: Listening to History and Music in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Altmann, Karin. Fabric of Life – Textile Arts in Bhutan: Culture, Tradition and Transformation. De Gruyter, 2016.

Amjad, Rashid and Shahid Javed Burki, eds. Pakistan: Moving the Economy. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Baumgartner, Ruedi. Farewell to Yak and Yeti? The Sherpas of Rolwaling Facing A Globalised World. Vajra Books. 2015.

Beger, Fritz. In the Shadhows of Gaurishanker Dolakha: 1973 to 2011. Himal Books, 2014.

Bellezza, John. The Dawn of Tibet: The Ancient Civilization on the Roof of the World. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

Bera, Tilak Ranjan. Ladakh: A Glimpse of the Roof of the World. Zen Publication, 2012.

Bessenger, Suzanne. Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Bajracharya, Manik, Axel Micheals, and Niels Gutschow. History of Kings of Nepal: A Buddhist Chronicle. 3 vol. Himal Books, 2016.

Bogin, Benjamin and Andrew Quintman, eds. Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer. Wisdom Publications, 2014.

Brox, Trine and Ildiko Beller-Hann. On the Fringes of the Harmonious Society: Tibetans and Uyghurs in Socialist China. Nias Press, 2014.

Brunson, Jan. Planning Families in Nepal: Global and Local Projects of Reproduction. Rutgers University Press, 2016.

Burghart, Richard. The History of Janakpurdham:a study of asceticism and the Hindu polity. Edited and introduced by Martin Gaenszle. Kathmandu, Nepal : Social Science Baha : Himal Books, 2016.

Bue, Erberto Lo. Art and Architecture in Ladakh: Cross-cultural Transmissions in the Himalayas and Karakoram. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Canstein, Florens van Raab van. Travelling with the Master Pilgrimage into the Heartland of the Yungdrung Bon Tradition. Vajra Publications, 2012.

Chatterjee, Indrani. Forgotten Friends: Monks, Marriages, and Memories of Northeast India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Crew, Bob. The Gurkha Warriors. Ratna Pustak Bhandar, 2014.

Dalton, Jacob P. The Gathering of Intentions: A History of Tibetan Tantra. Columbia University Press, 2016.

Davis, Coralynn. Maithil Women’s Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border. University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Desjarlais, Robert. Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World. University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Elmore, Mark. Becoming Religious in a Secular Age. University of California, 2016.

Enslin, Elizabeth. While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal. Seal Press, 2014.

Francois, Damien. The Holy Mountains of Nepal. Vajra Books, 2014.

Gellner, David, ed. Borderlands Lives is Northern South Asia. Duke University Press.

Gellner, David, et al. Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal. Oxford India, 2016.

Giri, Gitu. Lumbini Tourism. Adroit Publishers, 2014.

Goldstein, Melvyn C. A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 3: The Storm Clouds Descend, 1955-1957 (Philip E. Lilienthal Books). University of California Press, 2013.

Hansen, Peter. The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013.

Harman, Nicky. Lost World of Ladakh: Early Photographic Journeys in Indian Himalaya. Asian Highlands Perspectives, 2014.

Hutt, Michael and Pratyoush Onta, ed. Political Change and Public Culture in Post-1990 Nepal. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Jacoby, Sarah. Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro. Columbia University Press, 2014.

Kazi, Seema. In Kashmir: Gender, Militarization, and the Modern Nation State. Cambridge: South End Press, 2011.

Khan, Sulmaan Wasif. Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands. The New Cold War History Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Kim, Jinah. Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia (South Asia Across the Disciplines). University of California Press, 2013.

Kolkman, René and Stuart Blackburn. Tribal Architecture in Northeast India. Brill, 2014.

Korn, Wolfgang The Traditional Architecture of The Kathmandu Valley. Ratna Pustak Bhandar, 2014.

Korn, Wolfgang. The Traditional Newar Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley: The Shikaras. Ratna Pustak Bhandar. 2014.

Kumagai, Seiji. Bhutanese Buddhism and Its Culture. Vajra Books, 2015.

Leve, Lauren. The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal: Ethical Practice and Religious Reform. Routledge, 2016.

Lewis, Todd and Bruce Owens. Sucaruvadadesika: A Festschrift Honoring Professor Theodore Riccardi. Himal Books, 2014.

Malla, Kamal P. From Literature to Culture: Selected Writings on Nepalese Studies, 1980-2010. Himal Books, 2015.

Morgan, Llewelyn. The Buddhas of Bamiyan. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Nulo, Naktsang. Translated by Angus Cargill and Sonam Lhamo. My Tibetan Childhood: When Ice Shattered Stone. Duke University Press, 2015.

Onta, Pratyoush. The State of History Education and Research in Nepal. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari, 2014.

Panthi, Arjun, Pratyoush Onta and Harsha Man Maharjan, eds. Nepali Magazineka 25 Barsha, 2046-2070 V.S. [Twenty five years of Nepali Magazines, in Nepali]. Chautari Book Series 77, 2013.

Phuntsho, Karma. The History of Bhutan. Random House India, 2013.

Powers, John and David Templeman, ed. Historical dictionary of Tibet. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2012.

Prindle, Peter. Nepal: A Photographic Journey 1962-2007. Ratna Pustak Bhandar, 2013.

Qazi, Farhana. Secrets of the Kashmir Valley: My Journey Through the Conflict Between India and Pakistan. Pharod, 2016.

Quintman, Andrew. The Yogin & the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa. Columbia University Press, 2014.

Raj, Yogesh and Pratyoush Onta. The State of History Education and Research in Nepal. Chautari Book Series 80, 2014 (2071v.s.).

Raj, Yogesh, ed. Ruptures and Repairs in South Asia: Historical Perspectives. Martin Chautari, 2013.

Saikia, Arupjyoti. A Century of Protests: Peasant Politics in Assam since 1900. New Delhi: Routledge, 2014.

Saxer, Martin. Manufacturing Tibetan Medicine: The Creation of an Industry and the Moral Economy of Tibetanness. Berghahn Books, 2013.

Schaeffer, Kurtis R, Matthew Kapstein, and Gray Tuttle. Sources of Tibetan Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Schiller, Sophie. Race to Tibet. Tradewinds Publishing, 2015.

Shah, Aqil. The Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan. London: Harvard University Press, 2014.

Shakya, Durga. The Goddess Taleju and Kumari in Nepali Culture. Kumari Publication, 2013.

Sharma, Pitamber. Some Aspects of Nepal’s Social Demography: Census 2011 Update. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha, 2014.

Shneiderman, Sara. Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities between Nepal and India.Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

Shrestha, Bal Gopal. The Newars of Sikkim: Reinventing Language, Culture, and Identity in the Diaspora. Vajra Books, 2015.

Shrestha, Durga Lal. Translated by David Hargreaves. The Blossoms of Sixty-four Sunsets. 2014.

Sihle, Nicolas. Rituels Bouddhiques de Pouvoir et de Violence: La Figure du Tantriste Tibetan. Brepols, 2013.

Sijapati, Megan Adamson and Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, ed. Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya. Routledge, 2016.

Singh, Chetan, and Indian Institute of Advanced Study, eds. Recognizing Diversity: Society and Culture in the Himalaya. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Smadja, Joelle. Territorial Changes and Territorial Restructurings in the Himalayas. CNRS, France, 2013.

Subba, T. B. & A. C. Sinha (eds.). Nepali Diaspora in a Globalised Era. Routledge, 2015.

Svalheim, Peter. Translated by Katherine M. Parent. Power for Nepal: Odd Hoftun & the History of Hydropower Development. Chautari Book Series, 2015.

Syiemlieh, David R. On the Edge of Empire: Four British Plans for North East India, 1941-1947. New Delhi: SAGE Publications, 2014.

Tanweer, Bilal. The Scatter Here Is Too Great. Harper, 2014.

Thondup, Gyalo and Anne F. Thurston. The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong. Penguin Random House, 2015.

Toffin, Gérard. From Monarchy to Republic: Essays on Changing Nepal. Vajra Books, 2013.

Upadhyay, Samrat. The City Son: A Novel. Rupa Publications, 2014.

Vajracarya, Gautam. Frog Hymns and Rain Babies: Monsoon Culture and the Art of Ancient South Asia. Marg Foundation, 2013.

Van Schaik, Sam. The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism. Yale University Press, 2014.

Varma, Chandra. Golden Faces of Dipankara Buddha Samyak Mahadana Festival of Nepal Excellence in Newari Arts & Crafts. Nepal: Rita Shakya, 2014.

Vitali, Roberto. Studies on the history and literature of Tibet and the Himalaya. Vajra Publications, 2012.

Vitali, Roberto. A short history of Mustang (10th-15th century). India Amnye Machen Institute, 2012.

Vollan, Kåre. Elections in Nepal: Identifying the Politically Excluded Groups: 
A study of the parliamentary election results from 1991 to 2013. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha, 2015.

Warikoo, K., ed. Himalayan Frontiers of India: Historical, Geo-Political and Strategic Perspectives. Routledge, 2012.

Wasti, Sharada Prasad and Padam Simkhada & Edwin van Teijlingen, eds. The Dynamics of Health in Nepal. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha, 2015.

Webb, Matthew J. Kashmir’s Right to Secede: A Critical Examination of Contemporary Theories of Secession. London; New York: Routledge, 2012.

Weingeist, Rachel Perera, David Elliott, and Jamyang Norbu. Anonymous Contemporary Tibetan Art. SUNY, 2013.

Woeser, Tsering and Wang Lixiong, eds. Voices From Tibet: Selected Essays and Reportage. University of Hawaii Press, 2014.

Yeh, Emily and Chris Coggins, ed. Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands. University of Washington Press, 2014.

Films for Review

“Highway.” 2014.

“Gurkha.” By Keseng Tseten.

“Sold.” By Jeffery Brown. 2014.

“Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey.” 2014.

“Textures of Loss.” By Pankaj Butalia. 2012.

“Broken Memory, Shining Dust.” By Nilosree Biswas (about Kashmiri women)

Last updated on: Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

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