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  • Dreams of the educated-dispossessed

    12 March 2009, by TW

    Indian authors writing in English have been on a winning streak over the past decade, publishing novels to wide international acclaim. Over the past five years alone, two Man Booker Prizes have gone to writers of Indian origin. But what exactly is meant by the term ‘Indian novel’? V S Naipaul, perhaps the pre-eminent writer of Indian origin, was not born in India, and has lived most of his life in England. Pico Iyer, too: born in England, lives in Japan. These designations can certainly get (...)

  • The Prisoner

    28 December 2007, by Tsering Shakya

    In 1979 an article entitled ’The Twentieth-Century Bastille’ appeared in a Chinese dissident magazine. It described the fate of two Tibetan prisoners languishing in Beijing’s Qingchen Number One Prison, where high-ranking Communists had been incarcerated during the Cultural Revolution. The two were Phuntso Wangye, the founder of the Tibetan Communist Party in the 1940s, and his close comrade Ngawang Kesang. The article was the first sign we had that they were still alive. Phunwang, as he is (...)

  • We are No Monks

    27 December 2007, by Topden Tsering

    Tibetan filmmaker Pema Dhondup’s "We are no Monks: A Struggle for Identity" is an important film. The last the Tibetans saw themselves on the screen, in all the scorching palettes of their oppression under the Chinese occupation, was eight years ago in Paul Wagner’s "Windhorse". About three young Tibetan siblings in Lhasa coming to grips with their identity and their throbbing pain for freedom, the film ends, after the nun-sister having died from Chinese torture, with the singer-sister and (...)

  • The Incredible Weariness of Hope

    27 December 2007, by Jamyang Norbu

    Tibet, Tibet: A Personal History of a Lost Land. By Patrick French Harper Collins Publishers India 333pp., Rs.395 A review by Jamyang Norbu Tibet, Tibet. The title of Patrick French’s latest book intrigued me. Vaguely suggestive of a biblical lament, it also hinted at a kind of patient reproach, of the sort that Sir Isaac Newton is said to have dished out to his pet dog after it knocked over a candle and set fire to his research papers ("Diamond! Diamond! Thou little knowest (...)

  • Bread and Freedom

    20 December 2007, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    Review by Bhuchung D Sonam KORA: stories and poems by Tenzin Tsundue Price: Rs. 50 Publisher: TibetWrites 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 USA, an illegal Tibetan without papers. He is a refugee living in India for 47 years. She is 38. They haven’t met for 17 years. If numbers alone can be sorrows, it’s 181 years of pain and dislocation, longing and desire, grief and resignation, promises and (...)

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