Bhutan Echoes Honours Patrick French

The literary festival Bhutan Echoes honored the late author Patrick French. A citation was presented by Her Majesty The Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck to Patrick French’s wife Meru Gokhale and their son.

A release by the festival said Bhutan had a special place in Patrick French’s heart. Those closest to him said that he was happiest when he was in the mountains and amongst the Bhutanese. 

While he was battling with life, he drew power from the inspiration that he regularly received from the country. 

His passing away on 16 March 2023 was undoubtedly not only a great loss to Bhutan but the literary community and to those who admired his work. His books, such as “Younghusband: the Last Great Imperial Adventurer,” “The World Is What It Is,” and “India: A Portrait,” have left a lasting impact on readers around the world.

Known for his creative mind and literary force, Patrick ability to capture the essence of his subjects, whether it be exploring the life of Francis Younghusband or delving into the complex world of V. S. Naipaul, truly showcased his talent as a writer and historian.

The Himalayas served as a captivating backdrop to many of his works, providing a unique and breathtaking setting that added depth and richness to his narratives.

Bhutan Echoes said, “It is with a grateful heart, that today we acknowledge his works and remember the great writer, biographer and historian in a place that he was happiest and amongst his loved and dear ones.”

It said his words will continue to inspire and his legacy will live on through his remarkable contributions.

“May his passion for literature and the Himalayas forever be celebrated and cherished.”

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