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To The Editor, Migyul

"I think it is indeed a praiseworthy effort to spread awareness about the issues that relate to the Himalayas, and play a major role, besides having a great significance and impact on the whole region in the present."

Hi Migyul,

Your articles are great!!!

Could you please let me know if the article "A School for Khumjung" by Sir Edmund Hillary is an excerpt from a book or a special article written for Migyul? Migyul issue of spring 2005 does not give any information on further reading on this topic. If an excerpt, then some details will help.

Keep up the good works...An avid reader of Migyul

Samten Dolma" samdolma75@hotmail.com

Hi,

Congrats! I really loved the magazine. Totally local and community based. But it was bit weird not to have anything from the Bhutanese community. If I'm not wrong, I heard they are pretty strong with some 500 in New York. I may be totally wrong, but thought that maybe Migyul should ask them to come forward and celebrate their traditions and stories through Migyul. Just a thought. Maybe, something more than the recipe of Emadatse!

Cheers!

Tenzing Gya tenzing_gya@yahoo.comHi,

Dear Editor,

I am extremely impressed by your winter issue, which I got through one of my friends. I can say that your magazine is unique and you have put there so many good ideas to bring our Himalayan brothers and sisters together as a unit.

I can say that one day your dream will flourish as you envisioned, before you took on this grateful task. I would like to thank you on behalf of our ancestors living here in Canada. If time permits, I wish to have an upcoming issue delivered to me. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Dhundup Tsering dhontse@yahoo.com
Toronto

Dear folks at Migyul,

I think it is indeed a praiseworthy effort to spread awareness about the issues that relate to the Himalayas, and play a major role, besides having a great significance and impact on the whole region in the present. I hail from Almora, which is a Hill Station in Uttranchal, India. I grew up in Delhi and am an alumnus of the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. I came to London to study human rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. I was looking for a common platform where we could play a major role in empowering people of the Himalayan region by spreading education, information, and awareness. This could be done, in my opinion, by synergizing our efforts and sharing our knowledge resources.

Since my childhood, the whole region has undergone a sea change, which has caused serious, negative effect on the environment, development indicators and populace. The changes have gained momentum, becoming towards worse. This forebodes a regional catastrophe, which is imminent in the near future. National governments [I include Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Burma coming under this umbrella] promote a development agenda that is myopic and clearly lacks a holistic vision.

I would like to pool in my efforts and skills towards the effort undertaken by Migyul by sharing my views with readers. Based on my personal experience and knowledge, I would like to comment on this situation by writing articles that are of significance for the Himalayas, a cradle that nourishes civilizations and will rock them if we keep on behaving like ostriches, closing our eyes to reality.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Bestest,

Manish

Just a quick question: Does next month’s Migyul issue cover topics on that modeling show that happened in New York? That’s all.

Thanks.

Tenzin Thinlay" tenjosh2003@yahoo.com

Tashi Delek,

I am writing in regard to a Tibetan festival we are organizing to be held in Litchfield, Connecticut (90 minutes from NYC) on July 30 and 31. Our festival is being held in conjunction with the Drepung Gomang monks' national tour to raise monies for the nutritional and medical needs at their monastery in Mundgod, India. We aim to heighten public awareness of Tibet's plight in this area. We also hope that other organizations and groups that support Tibetans can benefit from our endeavors.

Please visit our website, which is under construction, at: http://www.tibetfest.com/ and also
http://www.whitememorialcc.org/ to view the conservation center facilities where our festival will
be held. Also, I am still searching for Tibetan artisans that might like to participate by demonstrating their skills: weaving, calligraphy, woodcarving, etc. Please let me know if you know of anyone that would be interested. I thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Michelle Weik

Hi.

Saturday night fever is getting very popular in our community. Question? Are the parties getting too much! I bet that’s on the tongue of folks in our community. A night of party and there’s a gossip that this and that went on the following night.

The question that lingers is that is there another way of collecting funds rather than only parties. According to my perspective, I chose both. Yes, there are other possibilities of collecting funds like organizing concerts and other cultural fest and events etc. And, No as there is a lack of participation in those events. Say it: You've had enough of your daughters and sons going to the party every night after the function gets over and they get home late. I feel there is no one to blame for that but yourself. I feel that if you people would have come to those functions and contributed, well, maybe the parties would get less.

Another issue is young people getting drunk. All I want to say is,should we do it or should we not. This one is for the adults. If we are doing it at home and justifying that it, isn’t it right for our children to do it. Correct yourself first.

Sonam Tsewang

Puncok Lhatse lhatse_76@yahoo.de

From the editor’s desk:

Thanks to all of you for sending in your comments. All comments are being taken seriously. Where possible, we encourage people from all communities to send in materials from their various communities. We are also looking at ways in which we can build bridges between communities. We have tried with the Bhutanese community and hope that we will move beyond Erma da tse and the occasional mention of basketball. The same goes for our other Himalayan communities. Hillary’s “A School for Khumjung” was an extract from a book. Please email kdsherpa@yahoo.com and she will keep you informed on that.

Our community has been very closed when it comes to expressing our views and feelings. Migyul also aims to provide that forum for us to come out and express them and share our views with our community. So far, we have had relatively little success but it can be done if YOU start expressing your views in public and people know of it. If they disagree then let them express it in writing, too.

We are always amazed at the extent of responses that we receive. Migyul is read in Canada and in Switzerland. And I have had people calling in to ask for a copy of the magazine mailed to India. Thanks for your emails and your interest.