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A Political and Spiritual Trek through India, Tibet and Afghanistan

Susan Murphy


Bink Books
260 pp. ● 6×9
$15.95 (pb) ● $9.95 (eb)
ISBN 978-1-945805-80-6 (pb)

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY/ Cultural, Ethnic & Regional/General
HISTORY/ Asia/India & South Asia

Publication date: September 2018

About the Book

“I had the opportunity to accompany this extraordinary couple to Dharamsala in 2005 where we were afforded a private audience. Towards the end of the hour the Dalai Lama exclaimed, ‘You must write a book! The story must be told. When I say anything, the Chinese call me a liar.’ When asked for the book to be blessed, with  a humorous impatience quite his own, he said, ‘The book is blessed! Just write the book!’” — Susan Murphy

Sudha Johorey, wife of an Indian diplomat, was posted in Tibet in the late 1950s, during the Chinese  occupation. She and her husband KC were  friends and political allies of both Prime Minister Nehru and the young Dalai Lama, who extended his blessing for this book when it was first conceived.

Sudha was a teacher who opened schools wherever she and her husband were posted; a mother who raised their four children in daunting circumstances; and a woman whose devout spiritual practice is an inspiration to all. Throughout  their  years of service, the Johorey’s played many instrumental roles pivotal to the ongoing dynamics of the Himalayan subcontinent today.

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