A Baby in a Backpack to BhutanAuthor: Bunty Avieson
Imprint: Pan Macmillan
Featured in the June, 2004 magazine
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Bunty Avieson's friends thought she was mad when she quit her glamorous career as a magazine editor to write books and travel with her partner and new baby to some of the world's poorest (and most germ-ridden) places. Through a curious set of circumstances involving a film-making Buddhist lama, they ended up in Bhutan with a portable cot, an Italian espresso machine and a keen sense of adventure.
While Bunty's partner was away in the countryside producing a feature film, Bunty and her eight-month-old daughter lived with four Bhutanese sisters and their families in Thimphu, the capital city.
In this crowded house Bunty learned about life in contemporary Bhutan – the tiny nation nestled above India that is ruled by a King who decreed that Gross National Happiness was more important than Gross National Product. She also learned about the Bhutanese way of raising children – where bribing local deities is the best way of getting even the most fractious babies to sleep.
Then there were the encounters with Bhutan's four queens, the culinary delights of leather stew and ancient yak cheese, and a demoness bent on ruining her partner's film shoot …
Category:Non Fiction Travel Narrative