Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom

By Yangzom Brauen

A strong, emotional memoir and a rare portrait of 3 generations of Tibetan ladies whose lives are perpetually replaced whilst Chairman Mao's pink military crushes Tibetan independence, sending a tender mom and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous trip around the snowy Himalayas towards freedom

Kunsang idea she may by no means go away Tibet. one of many country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a distant mountain village the place, as undefined, she entered the neighborhood nunnery. notwithstanding easy, Kunsang's existence gave her all she wanted: a oneness with nature and a feeling of the non secular in all issues. She married a monk, had young ones, and lived in peace and prayer. yet now not for lengthy. there has been a asserting in Tibet: "When the iron chicken flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan humans should be scattered like ants around the face of the earth." The chinese language invasion of Tibet in 1950 replaced every thing. while squaddies arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying every little thing of their direction, Kunsang and her relatives fled around the Himalayas simply to spend years in Indian refugee camps. She misplaced either her husband and her youngest baby on that trip, however the destiny held a rare flip of occasions that might endlessly switch her life--the arrival within the refugee camps of a classy younger Swiss guy lengthy interested by Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall immediately in love with Kunsang's younger daughter, Sonam, finally successful her middle and hand, and taking mom and daughter with him to Switzerland, the place Yangzom might be born.

Many tales lie hidden until eventually the perfect individual arrives to inform them. In rescuing the tale of her now 90-year-old inspirational grandmother and her mom, Yangzom Brauen has given us a ebook jam-packed with love, braveness, and triumph,as good as permitting us a unprecedented and vibrant glimpse of lifestyles in rural Tibet sooner than the arriving of the chinese language. most significantly, notwithstanding, ACROSS MANY MOUNTAINS is a testomony to 3 robust, decided girls who're associated through an unbreakable relatives bond.

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Tsering and Kunsang couldn’t comprehend what used to be happening. this day we all know that the warriors have been brutally killing fish with hand grenades. the warriors instantly suspected the family members of being refugees. one in every of them spoke a bit Tibetan, and my grandmother defined to him that they have been pilgrims on their method to the within reach monastery, from the place they deliberate to stroll round the sacred mountain of Bon-ri. the warriors couldn’t agree even if to think her. She remained unintimidated, easily repeating the identify Bon-ri over and over, miming praying.

The fellow sporting the wooden was once an indication of wealth and overall healthiness, she further. It was once consistently tough to discover adequate wooden for a well-fueled fire in Tibet, and passing a guy sporting this type of load foretold nice destiny prosperity. a brand new global the adventure from Mussoorie to Zurich not just took the brand-new kinfolk from one continent to a different, it additionally catapulted the 2 Tibetan girls right into a new age. in the course of their twelve years in India, my grandmother and my mom had come upon some of the advantages of recent expertise, besides, their Indian lifestyles had little in universal with what awaited them in smooth Europe.

Finally she may possibly see the Dalai Lama’s wintry weather place of abode together with her personal eyes; ultimately she may perhaps once more odor, think, and listen to Tibet. yet her happiness used to be shadowed through sorrow and anger. She couldn't carry again her tears. She cried simply because she felt that the Dalai Lama’s deserted palace represented the collision among a gorgeous dream and sour fact. The empty throne with one of many Dalai Lama’s gowns draped rigorously throughout it symbolized a rustic that have been robbed of its soul. My mom sensed that the Potala was once turning into not anything greater than a museum, like Versailles or different ecu palaces the place the prior used to be preserved with out goal of bringing it to existence back.

I a great deal loved staring at the older ladies appearing out their unusual problems onstage. My in basic terms remorse was once that my mom couldn’t be there, sitting one of the proud mom and dad, so much of them wealthy Indians of their top garments, a few of the fathers in uniforms studded with medals, the ladies in colourful saris. i used to be the single Tibetan baby at Auckland condo and the single woman from a bad historical past. ” That yr, while Sonam used to be fifteen, she needed to decide upon a moment international language, both French or Urdu, one among India’s twenty-two nationwide languages, which used to be spoken through a few 2 hundred million humans worldwide.

For my mom, it was once a bittersweet trip via a panorama she had final visible 1 / 4 of a century in the past. This panorama reminded her of lengthy, excruciating evening treks, chilly, starvation, actual and emotional exhaustion, and incessant worry. She spent the journey staring out of the home windows, particularly over the last a part of the adventure. “Look! ” she referred to as out because the bus descended into one other valley. “That’s the place we walked, i do know we did. The river used to be through our part each day. i used to be surprised how a ways a river may possibly movement.

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