Linda Schuyler Horning, author of Buhari – A Family Odyssey in Nepal, has a passion for foreign travel, having lived in Tasmania, Australia for several years and visited several more countries following that stay. When her son moved to Nepal, she focused her attention on a different country and culture, starting a blog about Nepal that led her to writing this book.
Horning, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, became a diabetes educator who worked in a variety of clinical and community settings, writing extensively within her career field. Those works include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fasting with Eve Adamson and a contribution to Beef Busters, by Marissa Cloutier, M.S., R.D.
Horning's love of writing extends back to her early years on a rural Pennsylvania farm, where she wrote stories about her family home and mother's yellow kitchen, but now she writes more about adventures she shares with her family in the foothills and mountains of the Sierra. Two short stories, Chickadee Ski and Salmon in the Goldfields, are available on line.
What does Buhari mean?
It means "daughter-in-law." I chose that for the name of my book because the story I wrote is largely about Amita joining our family. Nepalis have names for virtually every family relationship. I am Amita's Sasu Aama. Her mother is my Samdini.
What's Buhari about?
It's about a trip my husband and I took in 2014. We'd planned to trek in Nepal with our son who had lived there ten years. On the way we learned he'd married his girlfriend whom we had yet to meet -- not a good start. But, we had a wonderful visit in Kathmandu, then we traveled to Pokhara where we took part in a Hindu wedding ceremony. Our trek around the Annapurna Loop was very special for us.
Buhari – A Family Odyssey in Nepal is a story of love – love between people and cultures that exist half a world away. It celebrates a blending of families, and what a mother is willing to do to keep those she loves in her life.