Buy “The Sacrament of the Goddess” as a Christmas present for the #globalhealth aficionado in your life.


The back cover of the USA edition was a short synopsis. By the time we printed the Nepal edition, there were some reviews to quote and they were more colorful. In a bookstore, people make decisions to buy based on the first page and back cover, or so they say.

If there is a person in your life interested in #global health, this is the perfect Christmas present for them.

An aficionado?

Is a person who has aficion for something. Hemingway used the term in The Sun Also Rises to describe that feeling when a fan of bullfighting finds another fan whose passion runs deep.

Yes, it’s a novel. But the stories are based on true-life medical situations encountered in a rural hospital of Nepal, the Himalayan country.

There was a civil war in Nepal for eleven years and it is part of this book. Nepal is considered to be a spiritual country, and many visitors view it only through that lens. It is an unfortunate truth of global health that you get to see behind the curtain to experience life in a new way.

It’s set in the foothills, not the actual Himalaya. Very few people live in the actual Himalaya.

I tried to capture some more sophisticated cultural issues of the average Nepali person. There are no western rock jocks in this book.

You are at the wordpress blog that goes with the book. Take a look at the page titled, “Glossary of terms to Accompany the book, annotated” for just a hint of the mystery that awaits.

In USA you can find it on Amazon.



teasing the reader in a novel of #Nepal?

Are you interested in the lives of the people in #Nepal?

Maybe – here to do serious medical work?

Want to read a book about the real #Nepal?

Or maybe – Are you a Nepali nurse or doctor  that wants to read something “real?”

The Sacrament of the Goddess Amazon page tells me there is a new review.

The title was:

An enjoyable fictional intro to real-life issues in modern Nepal

This is an impressive first novel which combines romance and Nepali culture and history in an easy-going, highly readable style. As an American physician who has visited Nepal numerous times doing teaching, public health research, and yes, toss in some trekking, I find the plot credible and the character development well done in the brief time allowed.

The history and cultural components are expert “teasers” enticing you to get a more in-depth exposure–ideally by going to Nepal! The religious discussions are very simplified, but again, will lead the reader to seek more data if interested. I

f you are planning to traveling to Nepal for the first time, this is good counterpoint to standard guides such as Lonely Planet. The medical discussions are appropriate and yet many Americans might find them difficult to believe, as they are harsh. Nepal is not a place fully appreciated by the naive, so take a little time to read this book before you go.When you get to Nepal, you can track down much denser historical, political, and religious tomes.Nepal continues to fascinate–and this book will give you some reasons why.

In Nepal, you can get this book at Vajra Books on Jyatha Marg in Thamel.

three locations to buy The Sacrament of the Goddess in Thamel jan 28

The Book Release Party is Over!

The concert in Mangal Durbar was a wonderful book event. A thousand people enjoyed the music of an iconic brass band. Since then I feel serene. Good music with good friends will do that for a person. We can’t control the political process or the price of LP gas, but nobody should feel defeated. Hey- I think there’s a person in the book who thinks that way!

IMG_20150125_153723The Sacrament of the Goddess is now for sale in selected bookstores in Thamel, Kathmandu. The first place to find it is “Vajra Book Shop” on Jyatha Marg, the bookstore in the ground floor of the Norling Hotel. IMG_20150125_153729.


Go to Thamel (!)

start at Garden of Dreams.

go west on Tri Devi Marg, take your first left (south) onto Jyatha (if you go all the way to Thamel Chowk it’s too far.)

Vajra Book Store is on the  left, under the blue “Norling” sign.

The owner is named Upendra Tulachan. His mobile number is 9841293420.

The second bookstore is also named Vajra Books, and they are also on Jyatha.


At this one, they will also take mail orders and send to other parts of Nepal. Their number is 4220562 or send email to the Managing Director’s name is Bidur Dongol.

The Tibet Bookstore on Tri Devi Marg, near Fir and Ice the pizza restaurant, also has it on their shelves. I  have always loved this bookstore, and I’m honored that the book is there.

going to be distributed around other spots in Thamel. If I get a list, I will post it. I’m a person who frequents book stores; sometimes the best books are the ones you found by accident… maybe twenty years from now somebody will be browsing the back shelves of a place in Thamel and come across this…… and fall in love with it.

But it’s time for you to take a read……

The retail price is 500 nrs. When you read it, please post a review somewhere and tell your friends…..

The Sacrament of the Goddess Book Release Party January 24th 2015 at 2 PM in Patan

Book Release and Book signing part Saturday January 24th 2015 in Lalitpur at Patan Durbar Square

read the USA reviews of The Sacrament of the Goddess from Amazon by clicking here.

Who: the author and all his friends, along with anybody else who likes good music.

What: a public chem-free celebration in an open-air space, featuring one of Kathmandu’s famous wedding bands of brass, clarinet and percussion. more details TBA!

When: Saturday January 24th at 2 PM

Where: in Patan Durbar Square, also known as Mangal Durbar.

Why: why not?

what else: we will have book signings and book giveaways. Buy a copy of the book and get free panipuri. Women who wear a traditional outfit can enter a drawing for a free signed copy.

What is the book about?

The Sacrament of the Goddess is a novel set in a mission hospital in Western Nepal as the Civil War creates chaos in their lives.  We follow a small group of dedicated doctors at the hospital over a ten year period. Sara is the last remaining Christian Missionary; Ram is a Hindu from India, and Ranjit is a Buddhist surgeon who now regrets being a womanizer in his youth. The young woman, Sushila, meets Matt, an American trekker and they fall in love, the last thing everybody needed.

The past is Prologue

Religious belief, and the role of women in Nepal are equal characters to the people in this book.

On one level this is a page-turning action novel in the medical suspense genre, but the depth of research will help the reader learn about the ways that women need to work to overcome a patriarchical society. Nepal is a land of contrasts between deep Buddhist faith, and the brutal civil war that terrorized the countryside for eleven years.

How to have a book release

The Book was published in USA in 2014, and it has taken awhile to arrange for publication in Nepal. The public release is scheduled for 2 PM January 24th, a Saturday in the afternoon.

“I’m not the kind of quiet guy who expects this to happen at a bookstore,” said Joe Niemczura, the author. “If I’m going to have a party, we need to make noise and have fun, even if it’s a bit boisterous.”

That’s why Joe hired a brass band to play for several hours. Additionally, there will be free panipuri for anybody who buys a copy, and some other activities involving book giveaways to make it fun.

“let’s turn this into a flash mob on a nice afternoon.”

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