Tibetan Girl Writes Heart Touching Thank You India Letter

In an interesting venture of Motorola Moto G promotions that invites Letter to India, features a Tibetan girl, Tenzin Tsomo’s heart touching Thank You India letter. The letter has so perfectly accounted the common emotions of Tibetans born in exile. The letter is published in The Quint and the excerpt is below:

“Dear India,

I am a child of this land, yet I don’t belong here. I am sorry I feel this way but that is the truth. Long ago, my grandparents left Tibet and came to India. As refugees, they lived in poverty at a road construction site in Manali and as they built new roads, they also built a new life out of broken dreams.

My mother was born in a small jhuggi at that very road construction site and my father was from Tibet. I don’t remember if my parents ever told me that I didn’t belong to India, but I remember them telling me I was a Tibetan. They never told me as a child that I was a refugee, but I kind of figured that out myself when I was the odd one out at the Sunrise pre-school in Ghaziabad. Or maybe, I was just really smart.

Anyway, I never felt alienated as a child. That dreadful feeling is something which grew bigger in my heart as I grew older. A sense of alienation is not a good feeling to have, especially when you are in a room full of people. And if that ‘room full of people’ turns out to be a country of 1.252 billion Indians…then you can do the math. ”

Growing up, I was taught to be thankful to India and Indians for letting us stay here. When I joined a boarding school for Tibetans in Dharamsala, I was told that eventually we are all going back to Tibet…after we have defeated the Chinese (obviously).

It might be difficult for some people to understand why I, like many Tibetans, feel alienated when we lead a remarkably good life in India. Believe me, sometimes, it is difficult even for me explain it, despite feeling it too often and too strongly.

But please don’t mistake my sense of alienation as a sign of ingratitude. I don’t look Indian at all and I don’t follow cricket…so that makes me very un-Indian, I suppose. But the fact that I am torn between feeling ‘not at home’ when I am ‘already home’ proves that I am bound to India by blood and soul.

I am not trying to patronise you – just like I don’t patronise my own parents. I am opening up to you after two decades of silence, hoping that you’ll understand if I feel like a stranger in your home, even after everything that you have done for me. You have not only been a kind host to our people but you are also our godparent. And if I take part in protests, demanding a free Tibet…remember that my country is dying, remember that I am in pain, remember that I really need to go home and it is crucial that you understand.

PS Next time that a Chinese leader visits India, please don’t arrest me when I haven’t even started protesting yet. At least, let me tell you my bit of the story!

Dear India, Thank you.

Your goddaughter,

Tenzin Tsomo”

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Editor TJ

Editor at Tibetan Journal, News/Reviews/Opinions

6 thoughts on “Tibetan Girl Writes Heart Touching Thank You India Letter

  • January 24, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    really heart touching,such emotional words are not easily coming from heart and mind then express in on the paper.god bless u!!

  • January 25, 2016 at 10:39 am

    U wrote very touchful poem…thanx u too for it ..

  • January 26, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    U people are always part of us and we need humble and noble people’s like u in our neighbourhood and always take india as ur land

  • August 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Beautifully expressed! What can I say? except that…you are not alone in the way you feel. I have often felt that way myself and I wonder how many others do? – A little like aliens in their own land. India is a complex mosaic of so many languages, cultures and religions that one can easily feel lost, especially if you belong to a minority religion or culture.

  • August 16, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Do not let the tears flow from an old man’s eyes. I am no God to let Tibet free. but i God I pray him that He help you fulfill your dreams.

  • February 13, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Dear Tenzin Tsomo, Your letter titled ” Thank you India ” is a letter of spirit containing full of emotions and true love for India. The beautifully worded lines of your letter shows your great love for our country India. Even the genius citizen of India here never thought of such a love for their own mother land but it is you only who greatly love for India and it seems you are not a refugee rather you are a true Indian. Really your entire life history or the condition of your life at the time of childhood is rather appreciable and it shows your bravery in handling the situation. You are really a great person for me. The art or the technique of writing or presenting your letter is Very influential. Thank you dear friend for your great letter.


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