“Buttertea at sunrise – A year in Bhutan Himalaya” is a book by Britta Das, describing her experiences as a physiotherapist and as a human being during one year of her stay in Bhutan. For a book of more than 300 pages, I should accept it has good narration for I did not feel bored at any point of time. Perhaps, the “curiosity” factor about Bhutanese life was responsible for that.
So, the book begins with Britta arriving in Bhutan, on a one year contract as a physiotherapist in a remote Bhutanese village called Mongar. It is about the people, nature and life at Bhutan. I don’t plan to make this article a long, boring one. So, let me say in few sentences. I prefer to classify the content of this book in to four parts, which intersperse with each other in the narrative. The four parts being – About Bhutan, About Bhutanese life, About Britta, About her patients and hospital things.
Yeah, this book provides considerable insight in to Bhutan and its village life. It talks about people from different walks of life. It talks about medical facilities there too. Some parts of this were extremely touching and some were highly exciting to know. Well, in that respect, this book is an interesting book to read. However, at some places, I got this feeling of intruding in to Britta’s privacy. I got this feeling of reading her dairy and felt uncomfortable. Ofcourse, if she herself does not mind writing about her personal life, I should not give much weight to this feeling of mine, though.
Anyways, this book is worth reading once. It is the first attempt for Britta itseems. Nevertheless, it is interesting. It is simple. It is readable. It has interesting things to know. What else do you need if you want to read a book, on a weekend?