Tibetan eyes

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, Darjeeling

We visited the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in the Darjeeling hills. At the time, it was a rather dour compound. Adults eyed us — seven foreigners pulling up in a van — with reserve. We spent most of our time in the gift shop that sells traditional handicrafts at fixed, good prices.

Outside, these two little ones made up for the quiet with their laughter.

Of course, they’ve never known their Tibetan homeland. And I imagine the conflict over Tibet’s freedom seems rather far and intangible from Darjeeling’s hills.

Dear China...

Many adults here would have Tibetan memories. Or at the very least, they grew up in households where everyone was a Tibetan refugee. But these children were Indian-born. For them, this dusty complex in hills of green tea is home.

Happiness is where you want it to be, right?

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2 Responses to “Tibetan eyes”

  1. Royal Says:
    February 21st, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    “Tibetan eyes (clap, clap!) They’re watchin’ you. (clap clap!) Watchin’ your every move. Oh baby. Tibetan eyes. Tibetan eyes! They’re watchin’ you watchin’ you watchin’ you watchin’ yooooooouuuuu!

  2. Adam Jadhav Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 1:45 am

    I have no idea what song you are singing. However, I will be happy to sing with you when you show next month. Hip, hip!

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