Kora: Stories and Poems by Tenzin Tsundue

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But three Tibetan families came to Bombay along with Chinese who had run away from China after the 1949 communist revolution. They were friends in noodle businesses. Even today, some of the best restaurants and hotels in Mumbai 42 Kora take noodle supplies from the city's small Tibetan noodle factories. Around twenty youngsters work as cooks in 'Chinese' restaurants. Kunga, forty, who has trained about thirty Tibetan youngsters in this trade, was once answering a journalist on this apparent political contradiction.

Bored of staying at home, he has come out for walk. His languid stroll takes him to the end of the row of shops and stalls. ” (No man). He strolls into the McLeod Ganj streets, blissfully oblivious to the mass of different wares on sale, the cosmopolitan crowd, names of shops in English, Hindi, Tibetan, Punjabi, Tibetan music in the background as well as the natural sounds of a bustling small town that was Dharamsala. Tashi couldn’t have been more than twenty-five years old. He has an attitude typical of his age that shines on his face.

After three months of beatings, humiliation and mental torture in prison I was then thrown out of Tibet. Instead of supporting me, my relatives back in India nagged and scolded me for not informing them before going. They yelled at me that I put them through a lot of mental stress – not understanding what I was experiencing having survived police brutality and interrogation for months in jail. Mumbai is not a typical Tibetan joint. There are little more than thirty Tibetans living in the city doing odd jobs like working in restaurants, manufacturing noodles and now youngsters in IT jobs.

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