He is talented: able to secure work, develop schools, and convince others to aid these selfless efforts, especially in education. And he is responsible: responsible to the farmers in the co-ops he led, responsible to the students he taught, responsible to the volunteers he prepped and supported, and responsible to his family above all. His work touched the lives of thousands.
— Will Newman, former Director, Peace Corps/Nepal.
In this enthralling memoir, Ambika Joshee explains his life experiences through a reflection of his own memories and candid storytelling. Joshee provides a unique perspective into each of his life stages, growing up in a remote village in Nepal and the struggles of his childhood days studying under dim kerosene lamps, looking back at the lessons learned from his mother through the lens of a retired person, understanding the cross-cultural difficulties faced by American Peace Corps volunteers from the perspective of a Nepali national, and going through a PhD program, with a viewpoint of a 74-year-old with a lifetime of experience in education.
He vividly narrates his struggle and eventual success opening a night high school in his village which was much needed for the government employees and farmers of the district. He candidly recounts various stories from his thirty years of experience working for the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal, including the cultural differences confronted by the volunteers as well as the fresh perspective brought by the volunteers into classrooms of remote villages in Nepal.
Joshee’s quest for knowledge continues in his retired life in this truly inspiring collection of stories with awe, wonder, and honesty.