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Brian Hodgson finds his vocation in Kathmandu

With time on his hands, the young Assistant Resident made an exquisite record of Nepal’s architecture and wild life, and rescued countless Buddhist manuscripts into the bargain

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

12 December 2015

9:00 AM

It started as a ‘shoke’ — the Anglo-Indian slang word for ‘hobby’. Bored and lonely in Kathmandu, the young Assistant Resident, Brian Hodgson, began studying the flora and fauna of the hills, about the only occupation he was allowed to pursue apart from shooting woodcock and snipe under the constraints imposed by the Raja.

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