White Crane, Lend Me Your Wings: A Tibetan Tale of Love and War


Author: Tsewang yishey Pemba
Publisher: Niyogi Books, New Delhi
(Pp 468 ISBN 978-93-85285-62-2, Rs 495)

A posthumous novel by Dr Tsewang Yishey Pemba, the founding father of Tibetan-English literature, White Crane, Lend me your Wings is a historical fiction set in the breathtakingly beautiful Nyarong Valley in the Kham province of Eastern Tibet in the first half of the twentieth century. Dr Pemba skillfully weaves a dazzling tapestry of individual lives and sweeping events creating an epic vision of a country and people during a time of tremendous upheaval.

Each word is the book is skilfully written and once opened, it is impossible to put the book down. It shows the true human spirit, which is above nationality, religion, political view etc. The book shows the purity of love, compassion, valour, honor, trust and deeds. A beautiful tale, written in an equally compassionate way!

– Varsha Verma

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