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  • ’I will carry the sky’

    3 October 2013, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    A Home in Tibet Published by Penguin India. Price: Rs.499 ’I come from there and I have memories / I have a mother /And a house with many windows…’ wrote one of my favourite poets Mahoud Darwish. Tsering Choden Dhompa came from a place, where the land was so white and cold in the winter you would think a humongous freezer was perpetually at work; in the summer the same land would transform into a colossal garden as if the goddess of art was letting the entire arsenal of her palette (...)

  • Musings on Indian Independence Day

    22 August 2013, by Tenzin Nyinjey

    It was a bleak, rainy day. The air was filled with mist. Everywhere one looked, one found dampness and mud. Not a ray of sunshine. Nor even the yearning for it in people’s mind. Add to this the house that I live in, a house not my own, but rented, on a land that doesn’t belong to me – despite the humanity of my landlords. No wonder the pounding rain and the mist outside provoked a profound sense of dread in me. Rather than kicking off the searing fear, treating him in contempt, as we often (...)

  • Tibet’s bread-and-freedom poets

    12 August 2013, by TW

    Pa Topgyal is 79 years old. While speaking to his elder daughter on the phone he wails like a three-year-old boy. She is in the US, an illegal Tibetan without papers. He is a refugee living in India for over 50 years. She is 38. They haven’t met for 17 years. If numbers alone represent sorrows, it’s a hundred and eighty four years of pain and dislocation, longing and desire, grief and resignation, promises and disappointment, hope and surrender. Despite five decades of selling sweaters in the (...)

  • The flowers of Solitude

    31 July 2013, by Londen Phuntsok

    Over the smoky charred cow-dung cakes under the luminous stars, of sobbing zephyr armada of mosquitoes, been repelled and squashed beside the creaking noise, of the silent night. They speak about the marvel’s of the world of those apparent news and views they heard of , china newest obsession and everyday update of their veiling neighbor. With every ounce of sad news they forbear and hail " fate is all " a chatter box joins and mutters into what is hot, cold, bitter in (...)

  • Q&A with Tsering Namgyal

    4 July 2013, by TW

    Tibetan author and well-known journalist Tsering Namgyal was born to a refugee family in 1971. Tsering attended schools in Dalhousie and Mussoorie and spent many years in Taiwan, initially as a student and later as a business writer and journalist. Poet/writer Bhuchung D. Sonam speaks to Tsering on his novel. Bhuchung D. Sonam: Congratulations. This is your second book after Little Lhasa: reflections on exile Tibet. Why a novel? Tsering Namgyal: Thank you. After Little Lhasa, which was a (...)

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