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  • Genre:TRAVEL
  • SubGenre:Asia / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:213
  • eBook ISBN:9780473236465

The Yeti in the Library

Encounters With Compassion, Death & Life in the Tibetan Community in Exile

by Gill Winter View author's profile page

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Overview

2012 was a year in which documented abuses of human rights reached alarming levels in Tibet. At the same time, there was an unprecedented number of self-immolations, as individual Tibetans made a fiery protest against the continuing erosion of their language, religion, culture and freedom. As a volunteer teacher in the exile community of Dharamshala the author witnessed the Tibetans' pain but also their compassion, humour and bravery at a difficult time in their existence. This is her testament to the ongoing struggle of the Tibetan people for a free Tibet, set against the ever-fascinating background of life in northern India.        

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2012 was a year in which documented abuses of human rights reached alarming levels in Tibet. At the same time, there was an unprecedented number of self-immolations, as individual Tibetans made a fiery protest against the continuing erosion of their language, religion, culture and freedom. As a volunteer teacher in the exile community of Dharamshala the author witnessed the Tibetans' pain but also their compassion, humour and bravery at a difficult time in their existence. In "The Yeti in the Library" you'll encounter the serious, the humorous, the day-to-day, the tragic, the strange and a few ridiculous aspects of life as a foreigner in Dharamshala. You'll meet individual Tibetans and learn their life stories, follow the author as she struggles to master the Tibetan language, travel to fascinating places around northern India, and discover inspiring examples of compassion in action within the Tibetan and Indian communities. "The Yeti in the Library" is a lively and often humorous book with an important message about the ongoing struggle of the Tibetan people for a free Tibet.

About the author

Gill Winter left a career in the world of fine arts to establish Flying Piglets, an agency for touring folk and blues musicians. In 2009 she completed a CELTA qualification in teaching English to adult learners, and the following year she left New Zealand for three months in Dharamshala, north India, where she taught Tibetans in exile. This led to the publication of her first book "Between Monks and Monkeys" (available as an e-book and paperback.) Her second book, "The Yeti in the Library" is the product of her second period of teaching in Dharamshala from March to June 2012, a year in which human rights reached a new low in Tibet and self-immolations as a means of protest reached alarming levels.

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