So what was I doing halfway across the world in Mumbai? For that, I have to go back in time, and talk about the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

Nehru and the Dalai Lama in 1959

On March 17 1959 the 24-year-old Dalai Lama left the capital of Lhasa on a two-week journey across the Himalayas into India, as the Chinese military occupied Tibet, overcoming a tenacious resistance. He was accompanied by a small retinue of about 100 people, but many thousands more would follow him into safety in India.


is more a feeling than a question. I have felt this a few times in my life, and I'm sure you have too. It is a feeling centered in the belly, an unusual alertness formed by a mix of thrill and fear, with a pinch of regret. It is heightened by the inevitability of the situation.


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