A Story of Karma

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In 2012, Michael Schauch and his wife Chantal, along with a team of guides, porters, and a musician, artist, and photographer, set out to discover Nepal’s lost valley area, near the border with Tibet. Initially, Michael had plans to climb a pyramid-shaped mountain he had seen in photos back in his home town of Vancouver, Canada. He also wanted to explore and document the local culture and customs of the highland people who live in the area.

Once he arrived and found the mountain as alluring as it had been in the photographs, he had a change of heart about climbing it. This decision changed his life because it gave him more time to spend in the mountain village of Nar, far off the beaten track. In this village, he met a seven-year-old girl named Karma, who was teaching her schoolmates in a makeshift school. Michael and Chantal, with the permission of Karma’s parents, decided to help her further her education outside the small mountain village where she would hopefully be able to one day return and help others.

A Story of Karma is a heartwarming and touching tale about fate and what happens when you let go and follow your heart into the unknown. By doing this, the author found something special, a connection to a new family and a new culture, both of which meant the world to him. Impressed by the generosity and spiritual nature of the people he met in Nepal, he, in turn, answered with a generosity of his own through the gift of education.

Reading this book, I was struck by the fact that what made it so fascinating was the care and attention to detail. I loved that Schauch shared his views about traveling and his interest in indigenous people. I, too, have often wondered what kind of wisdom and knowledge the world is losing when these people, along with their cultures and traditions, vanish. It’s refreshing to know that there are those ready to document these traditions and share them with others. I’m also thankful that he included numerous photos from his journey. It made me feel so much more connected to the people, the area, and the story as a whole.

I’m sure anyone who reads this book will feel as moved as I did. Frankly, this well-written tale of adventure and discovery comes at the perfect time. As most of us are prevented from traveling, this book made me feel like I had been almost to the ends of the Earth. I enjoyed ever bit of the journey, and I hope that Karma and her sister Pemba will continue to thrive and succeed in the future.

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Author Michael Schauch
Star Count 5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Rocky Mountain Books
Publish Date 2020-Sep-29
ISBN 9781771604673 Buy this Book
Issue January 2021
Category Biographies & Memoirs