From HIMAL, Volume 6, Issue 4 (JUL/AUG 1993)
Quite a few readers were taken aback when we brought out our Literature Issue (May/Jun 1993).We think it was a pleasant surprise to most, and now feel that it is a good idea to be occasionally unpredictable.
When we first planned the present issue, we had not expected to touch the range of topics that we have, nor receive contributions from writers of such different backgrounds. Himal thanks Pratyoush Onta for helping prepare this History issue.
This issue brings with it some significant changes in Himal’s masthead.
Omar Sattaur, whose editorial expertise has been invaluable for Himal over the past year, will now be freelancing. Among other things, he is Guest Editor for our Music issue, Nov/Dec1993.
Suman Basnet, who has carried Himal as its Managing Editor for two years, will still be around as Director of Film Himalaya, the Documentary/ Film Festival we have planned for February 1994. Meanwhile, Pema Wangchuk Dorjee, who comes from Kinnaur by way of Kalimpong, takes over as Managing Editor.
Manisha Aryal is now Associate Editor of Himal.
Special thanks to Anup Pahari, our volunteer representative in the U.S. for being with us this past year. His enthusiasm and his patience went a long way in making Himal more widely read in North America.
We welcome Barbara Bella & Associates, C. F. Stoppelaar and Joti Giri who assume responsibility for North America, the Netherlands, the U.K. and Ireland respectively.
It is time for Himal’s “Know Your Himal” columnist, Dipesh Risal, to leave for study in the United States. We hope his knowledge of the Himalayan peaks serves him well in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which, we gather, is flat.