The idea of Adventures of Musa Masala: Mountain Girl of the Himalayas began when authors, Tatiana and Michael, were bickering over the last precious piece of chocolate cake, which had been painstakingly carried over a mountain pass in a raging snowstorm to boost the group’s morale and wellbeing.

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As they bickered back and forth, Michael relayed for the 20th or 30th time that day how he had been awoken in the middle of the night by a small Himalayan house mouse (“Musa,” in Nepali) that seemed intent on running laps up, down and all around his face. So sure that he deserved the last piece of cake because he had spared the mouse—following Lama Geisha’s teaching earlier that day not to harm any living creature—he felt he had earned the reward and loudly proclaimed his thoughts to all.



Suddenly a voice erupted from the table next to them: “Why don’t you two shut up and write a book about it?! Do something for someone else for a change! Write a book and donate the proceeds to the Wongchu Hospital, and go away. We’re playing cards!”

Shamefully, they looked over at enraged Dr. Luanne Freer, the founder of Everest ER and the leader of the WMS trek. Red-faced and wide-eyed, she sported a pair of exotic, gold sparkly underwear on her head, a sign that the card game was not going in her favor. For the loser would wear them like a crown.

And so an idea was born, the cake was shared, but Luanne never got the shiny underwear off her head that night.