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Theory:

The lesson "Kathmandu" is taken from Vikram Seth’s travelogue titled From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet. It is the final chapter of the travelogue, as Seth would fly to New Delhi from this capital city of Nepal. In the lesson, Seth describes his visit to Kathmandu, more importantly, its two famous temples- Pashupatinath and Baudhnath stupa.
 
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Kathmandu in Nepal
 
Major characters of the lesson are:
  • Vikram Seth, the narrator
  • Flute seller
Minor characters of the lesson are:
  • Mr Shah's son and nephew
  • A princess of the Nepalese royal house
  • Fruit seller
Minor characters that are collectively mentioned:
  • Westerners
  • Sellers and hawkers
  • Washerwomen
  • Children
  • Devotees
  • Animals/birds such as cows, monkeys, dogs, and pigeons