The Newar Merchants in Lhasa
The Newar Merchants in Lhasa is a tribute to the traders of the Kathmandu Valley who braved bandits, snow drifts, ice falls and stubborn mules to discover for themselves both the mercantile potential and spiritual dimension of Tibet's mysterious capital. The compilation is comprised of seven first hand accounts, varying in detail and lent, from men who made the journey to Lhasa and wrote about it.
Kesar Lall, as compiler and translator, has managed to convey the very different individual styles of the authors. It is often said that the best translation are the ones in which the translators voice is mute and where the reader would never have guessed that the text has been translated. Lall achieves this, and it is no small task, given that he was faced with rendering cultural, culinary and religious terms into English from the four languages of Nepali, Newari, Sanskrit and Tibetan.