What if you were born without a country? What if you were branded a refugee as you took your first step? All this and more happened to young, charming, smart Tenzin Lhamo. Her crime: she was a Tibetan born in India. Ever since she became aware of her uncertain status, she would ask herself, how long will I be a refugee with restrictions and no right to a passport? Why can’t I have a country of my own and a citizenship? To fulfill her own aspirations and that of her family, Tenzin undertakes a perilous journey halfway across the world in search of a country that would own her, give her respect and freedom as its citizen and let her earn enough to support her family. Was she given the dignity, she yearned for? Tagged Chinese, an identity all Tibetans shun, she wondered if it was worth the cost of a citizenship. Will she be able to contribute as an individual to the Tibetan cause? Or would she have been more fruitful in her community in India? Will her husband ever reach her or wait for her? Even if she gained an identity and a country, would she lose the chance to have her own family?
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Pinakie Kansabanik wears a number of hats. While he has been a teacher, he is a photographer and a trekker at heart. He balances his successful career by working as an event management professional by day and a writer by night. A voracious reader, he reads anything and everything he can lay hands on. Writing about peoples and cultures is a passion. Exploring issues of identity, family relations and history excite him the most. He comes from the charmingly sleepy town of Siliguri ensconced in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, and is presently living with his wife, Gargi and son, Abhraneel in the precincts of Delhi-NCR.