In June 2001, the king of Nepal and nearly his entire family were slaughtered. uneasiness, stewing over the former decade, boiled over and pushed the nation into free fall. In 2005, the dead lords family reinstated monarchy, crushing any stopgap that administrative republic would flourish in Nepal. A period fraught with query and violent fermentation replaced the Maoists waged a bloody Peoples War; the monarchy mounted a bloodiercounter-insurgency trouble; political parties rowed and fought endlessly; and the citizens bore the mass of it all. Wide- ranging in compass the book spans the morning of the monarchy, through the early popular movements, to the present Forget Kathmandu is numerous effects history, bio, reportage, travelogue, analysis. But, over all, it's an unyielding, clear-sighted attempt to make sense of the bad politics that agonized and continues to persecute the country. It remains as worryingly applicable to present- day Nepal as it was when first published in 2005.