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The Circle of Karma

Kunzang Choden
CATEGORIES: Classic/Culturally Significant | Sense of Culture

The first English novel written by a Bhutanese woman paints a vivid picture of the struggles women face in rural South Asian society. From A Year of Reading the World: “The novel follows the life of Tsomo, a young girl from rural Bhutan who, not content to settle for a life of domestic drudgery, sets out to explore the world. Forced to be an outsider because of a mysterious illness that gives her a permanently distended belly, Tsomo works her way into northern India, drawn by the friendships she makes, a growing fascination with the Buddhist masters and communities that thrive in the Himalayan foothills, and a desire for peace.”

(Recommended by Ann Morgan, author and TED speaker)

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon book by Dorji Wangmo

Treasures of the Thunder Dragon

Queen Mother Dorji Wangmo
CATEGORIES: Person/Place/Event

Written by the Queen Mother of Bhutan, the hybrid memoir/travelogue mixes personal accounts with history and folklore to create a portrait of the Himalayan kingdom. (Recommended by Bhutanese writer Sonam Wangmo Jhalani and H.E. Kunzang C. Namgyel, Bhutanese ambassador to the U.S., in CN Traveler.)

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