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Falling Through The Roof

Falling Through The Roof
Item Code: IDL004
Author: Thubten Samphel
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Edition: 2008
ISBN: 9788129114341
Pages: 318
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.6” X 5.6”
Back of The Book
A group of Delhi University students decide to from the Tibetan Communist Party (TCP), with Tashi, the new chairman of the TCP, planning to liberate is beloved Tibet with the some weapons which caused its downfall. Hits plans, however, do not fall in line with those of Drubchen Rinpoche who believes him to be the reincarnation of Drubtop Rinpoche. His first reincarnation, according to the Lama, invested the Word, the Tibetan alphabet an a hill in Kashmir, some fourteen hundred years ago. According to the Lama, the invention of the Tibetan Word enabled the Tibetan people to take in the whole of the wisdom of ancient India.

Who will succeed in claming Tashi’s beleaguered soul? The modern world that intruded into Tibet in the form of communism or the traditional world of Tibet as epitomised in the person of the Lama?

Thubten Samphel lives and works in Dharamsala.

‘At last, the book on the Tibetan exile experience that so many of us have been waiting for! Thubten Samphel known the Tibetan situation as closely and informedly as almost anyone; and yet he also feels the frustrations and restlessness of his fellow refugees with uncommon conviction and sympathy. His debut novel mixes passion with intelligence, great knowledge with real pathos, and allows us, for the first time in fictional form, to feel the predicament of displaced Tibet from within. Now we can begin to act accordingly.’


The Delhi Days
Prologue: Majnu Ka Tilla3
Tibet Memories11
Different Dreams, Different Tibets24
The Old China Hand and the Avenging Golok35
Farewell to All That43
Hint of Inheritance53
The Lama’s Stories
Lost Pieces of a Jigsaw Puzzle65
The First Literate Tibetan and His Mastery of the World68
The Death of the Nineteenth Drubtop and Beijing Flies77
The Ancestors of the One-Eyed Golok82
The Protest Demonstration Generation
Plans for Demonstration121
Tashi and Metok145
On The Silk Road To Shambala
In Search of a Cave in Srinagar157
Professor Bamzali’s Tibetan Theories184
Shambala Dreams197
The Ladakh Interlude202
The Enthronement of the Twentieth Drubtop Rinpoche223
Mutton Leg in Bodh Gaya238
Homecoming 249
The Lama Visits Dharamsala259
The Year of Protests and Other Years277

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