Poet/writer Bhuchung D. Sonam speaks to Tsering Namgyal Khortsa on his novel The Tibetan Suitcase.
The XVII Karmapa was not only investigated for money laundering, Indian officials told the media that he was a “Chinese plant” simply because he is the only Tibetan reincarnate lama to be recognized by both China and the Dalai Lama.
This is perhaps what pushes writers like Sonam and Tsundue to their desks every morning to sing the songs of freedom on behalf of their silenced brethren behind the pale hills of the Himalayas. Their songs are sad and touching of course, but they are never depressing.
Review by Tsering Namgyal Khortsa of Thubten Samphel’s novel Falling through the Roof: This magnificent novel from India — at once elegiac and exuberant — is in itself proof of the Tibetan resilience.
Review by Tsering N Khortsa of Bhuchung D Sonam’s Muses in Exile: An Anthology of Tibetan Poetry: Nearly thirty writers feature in the book; all deal with the idea of exile, the anguish of dislocation, and the longing for their homeland.