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  • A Diamond in the Dust

    29 April 2010, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    Sonam Tashi — popularly called Acho Danny — was a young man when he first went out in search of the late Maja Tsewang Gyurme, one of the 20th century’s foremost scholars of Tibetan music and a performer of equal calibre. Maja was surprised that a young Tibetan wanted to find out about a blind musician from an earlier era. He graciously invited Acho (meaning brother in Tibetan) to sit, offered tea and then they talked. This was the beginning of a journey that took Acho Danny 15 years of (...)

  • A Pale View of the Himalayas

    17 February 2010, by Tsering Namgyal

    SONGS FROM A DISTANCE BY Bhuchung D. Sonam Published by TibetWrites During a visit to Dharamshala sometime in 2002, I saw a flier of Bhuchung D. Sonam’s book of poems, Dandelions in Tibet, in Gangchen Kyishong, on the bulletin board opposite the staff mess. I was intrigued. For someone who had also begun, rather hesitantly, the research for a novel, any work of imagination by a fellow Tibetan was a source of immense interest. Later, it was Tenzin Tsundue, the activist-poet, who told me (...)

  • Struggle, Struggle

    17 January 2010, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    Review of Free Tibet by Pramod Wadnerkar Published by Step by Step Publisher, New Delhi Pages 399 Tibet has always enchanted travellers, writers, soul seekers, missionaries and adventurers since the ancient times. As a result a large number of books were written about it — ranging from absurd fiction such as The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa (assumed Tibetan name of Cyril Hoskins, a plumber’s son from Plympton in Devon, England) to fantastically well researched political books like China’s (...)

  • How far can you "see" Lhasa?

    13 January 2010, by TW

    Seeing Lhasa is an interesting book. One’s ability to understand or in other words to “see” a place is directly influenced by the authors’ understanding of the place, how they chose to portray it, especially if you are a novice. The effectiveness of authors’ argument also depend to a large extend, to your understanding of the place, your political biases (in this case) and your persuasive skills. However, any book that analyses “how it was back in the day” needs to be read with an understanding (...)

  • Yak Horns and Yellow Stars

    21 November 2009, by Bhuchung D Sonam

    LIKE GOLD THAT FEARS NO FIRE − New Writing From Tibet Publisher: International Campaign for Tibet Year: 2009 Price: — Jamyang Kyi hastily brushed her teeth, put on her clothes and dashed out of her house without having breakfast. Before exiting the door she called to her niece, "Prepare some vegetables for lunch." It was just another working day. Once inside her office, a group of policemen in civilian dress arrested her. She was escorted to an unmarked vehicle and driven away to the (...)

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