The Circle of Karma

Overview


Caught in the everyday reality of household life, fifteen-year-old Tsomo is suddenly called upon to travel when her mother dies. She makes her first journey to a faraway village to light the ritual butter lamps in her mother’s memory. Beginning here, her travels take her to distant places, across Bhutan and into India. As she faces the world, a woman alone, Tsomo embarks on what becomes a life journey, in which she begins to find herself, and to grow as a person and a woman.

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Overview


Caught in the everyday reality of household life, fifteen-year-old Tsomo is suddenly called upon to travel when her mother dies. She makes her first journey to a faraway village to light the ritual butter lamps in her mother’s memory. Beginning here, her travels take her to distant places, across Bhutan and into India. As she faces the world, a woman alone, Tsomo embarks on what becomes a life journey, in which she begins to find herself, and to grow as a person and a woman.

The first novel by a woman to come out of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, The Circle of Karma, written in English, is rich in detailed descriptions of ritual life in Bhutan. The measured pace of its prose, the many nuances of the story, the different levels at which the narrative works, weave a complex tapestry of life in which the style and content are closely interwoven, each informing and enriching the other.

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Editorial Reviews

A Year of Reading Round the World blog - Ann Morgan

The Circle of Karma is a milestone in South Asian literature. . . . What makes it work is Choden’s gift for evocation, both of place and of experience. Her descriptions of the rugged spiritual terrain Tsomo covers in her quest for peace and her moments of ecstasy reminded me of other great religious works, such as Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789381017883
  • Publisher: Zubaan Books
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 990,555
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Kunzang Choden is one of Bhutan’s foremost writers. In her early fifties, she has written a number of short stories and has also published collections of folk tales from Bhutan. This is her first novel.
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Table of Contents

Prologue

Being a Daughter

We are Different

Games and Pains

Also a Custom

Mother’s Child

Death and Birth

Sleepless

Love

Lust

Road to Nowhere

An Explosive Within

Where do We Go from Here?

Beginning Again

Pilgrim’s Path

Passionate Pilgrim’s

A Marriage Proposal

Scorpions and Compassion

The Heart of a Pig

Hundreds of Shoulder Bags

Deception and Rage

The Burden of Dignity

A Piece of Her Nose

Praying for the Priests

The Vows

The Last Smile

The Circle of Karma

Epilogue

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