Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on my Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth

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Crown/Archetype, Feb 8, 2011 - Travel - 304 pages
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Lisa Napoli was in the grip of a crisis, dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist. When a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presented her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world, Lisa left behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth.
 
Long isolated from industrialization and just beginning to open its doors to the modern world, Bhutan is a deeply spiritual place, devoted to environmental conservation and committed to the happiness of its people—in fact, Bhutan measures its success in Gross National Happiness rather than in GNP. In a country without a single traffic light, its citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. To Lisa, it seemed to be a place that offered the opposite of her fast-paced life in the United States, where the noisy din of sound-bite news and cell phones dominate our days, and meaningful conversation is a rare commodity; where everyone is plugged in digitally, yet rarely connects with the people around them.
 
Thousands of miles away from everything and everyone she knows, Lisa creates a new community for herself. As she helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM, she must come to terms with her conflicting feelings about the impact of the medium on a country that had been shielded from its effects. Immersing herself in Bhutan’s rapidly changing culture, Lisa realizes that her own perspective on life is changing as well—and that she is discovering the sense of purpose and joy that she has been yearning for.
 
In this smart, heartfelt, and beautifully written book, sure to please fans of transporting travel narratives and personal memoirs alike, Lisa Napoli discovers that the world is a beautiful and complicated place—and comes to appreciate her life for the adventure it is.


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User Review  - BrendaKlaassen - LibraryThing

I read this book because I heard it was an interesting memoir. I have to agree, it was very interesting and there were times I had a hard time putting the book down to take part in life. The way the ... Read full review

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User Review  - mamzel - LibraryThing

Part travelogue of the remote country of Bhutan and part self-search, this book takes the author to a corner of Asia not well traveled. There the author finds a remarkable people on the brink of ... Read full review

Contents

THE THUNDERbolt PART ONE
11
Welcome JANE
17
Radio SHANGRILA
37
BEwARE THE EMADArse
53
God of THE NIGHT
65
BHUTAN on THE Border or THE STARTUP Count RY
93
THE SYMPHoNy of LovE
107
My Best FRIENDS IN THE WoRLD RIGHT Now
137
Dawn of DEMocracy
183
AMERICA IoI THATs Cool
203
Baby WArch
225
Postscript
247
Loose Motion
253
Acknowledgments
269
Selected Bibliography
273
Copyright

THE THUNDERbolt PART Two
165

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About the author (2011)

LISA NAPOLI is a journalist whose last staff job was on the public radio show Marketplace. An early chronicler of the dawn of the World Wide Web as a columnist at the New York Times CyberTimes, she has also been the Internet correspondent at MSNBC. She began her career at CNN, worked in local news in North Carolina, and has directed several documentaries about Southern culture. www.LisaNapoli.com


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