I must apologize for my lack of writing in the blogosphere in the recent weeks, the reasons are as follows, I’ve been lazy, I’ve been writing nonstop (book and newspaper) and I’m in India.
Since returning from ‘peacefully’ Delhi a few weeks ago the metaphorical ball has begun to roll. I wouldn’t say that Delhi was a peaceful time to think about the book, quite the opposite. With floods, blistering heat and a ‘life flashing before your eyes’ taxi ride back from Agra (4 hours to get there, 8 hours to return) my brain had little else to say except “bloody hell its hot here” and “can we leave soon”. Since then the book has begun to take shape with interviews with Tibetans springing up all over the place and their stories have been compelling and writable. Without spoiling too much of the book I’m sure you are all going to buy (hint, hint) the stories of people who have been through fear, oppression, torture, pain and finally freedom never failed to bring a tear to my eye. The interviews are taking place and weird and wonderful places including; a coffee shop, someone else’s balcony, a classroom and an alley way but with my trusty Dictaphone I have successful got their words saved, safely. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to getting it finished so everyone else can share these incredible stories of people searching for freedom, while they carry scars of their oppressive past, both metaphorically and literally.
I have also been filling my days working for a Tibetan newspaper called The Tibet Post International. I began only a week ago but I completely love the work, my role is reporting on the recent news coming in that refers to anything Tibetan. It then gets translated into Tibetan and Chinese for the website. Topics I have covered so far are the Dalai Lama’s trip to the US, China’s reaction to the Nobel Peace Prize, Tibetan torture victims to name but a few. To read any of my articles head to http://www.thetibetpost.com/
That’s it for now but I have many blog entries swimming round my head and I promise it won’t be this long till you can read them.
Until then in case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight.