Sunday, January 23, 2011


I have come to India to do some finalising research for the Tibetan character in People of the Great Journey. He is a young tulku (reincarnated lama) and his name is Tenzin Dawa. I've just survived a 12 hour overnight bus journey from Dharamsala to Delhi, hairpin turns and all. But here's the stunner. The woman beside me asked me to write out her name on the bus ticket list handed around by the driver, as she only writes in Tibetan. Put my brother's name, she said, as he booked the ticket. And what was his name? Yes, you got it. Tenzin Dawa. [Twilight Zone music.]

Wednesday, January 19, 2011