Susan Murphy is a mother, grandmother, artist, baker, world traveler, and, now, an accidental author. She never planned to write a book, but a chance meeting with Sudha Johorey and His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2005 led to nearly 12 years of research, interviewing, writing, editing and countless trips to India, all resulting in this fascinating memoir.
Available for: Book clubs, public speaking
Toppled World: A political and spiritual trek through India, Tibet and Afghanistan
It was Spring of 1959 and the Chinese occupation of Tibet was in full swing. In the midst of all the turmoil and unease was Sudha Johorey, wife of the political officer in charge of the Indian Mission in Yatung, worried about the state of affairs for her beloved Tibet, the souring relationship between India and China and above all her friend, HH The Dalai Lama who was rumored to have left Lhasa for sanctuary in India. Thus begins the extraordinary journey of a young woman and her unlikely friendship with HH The Dailai Lama, her adventures as a diplomat’s wife across India, Afghanistan and the jungles of frontier states of her country and her unique and personal journey with the teachings of the Buddha.
Toppled World is a moving personal account of the life of Sudha Johorey and a rare glimpse into the events that shaped India in the early years of independence as well as her own spiritual philosophy, as recounted to her dear friend Susan Murphy through stories and memories.
- Price: $15.99 paperback, $9.99 Kindle
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