This is Khedroob Thondup. He is an elected Member of Parliament for the Government in Exile for Tibet and the president of the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center in Darjeeling, India. He is also the nephew of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; his father and His Holiness are brothers. I was lucky enough to go to a breakfast meeting with him Saturday morning, hear him speak and ask him questions.
It was fascinating to hear him speak and to have him pass along his experiences. I was really surprised at how openly he talked about past negotiations between his group, the government of China, the KMT and DPP parties of Taiwan and the methods and beliefs of those in his group who are looking for what they deserve; Tibetan autonomy.
Khedroob has led an interesting life himself. Living in exile in India, he has married a Taiwanese woman, the daughter of an ex KMT general as I understand and spends part of his time here in Taipei, as well as running the Darjeeling project.
Coming into the meeting, I knew he was a Member of Parliament for the exiled government, but I did not know he was the nephew of the Dalai Lama. With such a lineage, I guess one would have some preconceptions. Some of those preconceptions would be correct; he is a very gentle spoken, but extremely articulate man and clearly he has the sense of calm one would expect from the Dalai Lama's family. However, if you were to look at him and not know his story, what you would see is an intelligent, fully modern, very well dressed and well presented man who could easily be confused for an upple middle classed scholar. Not quite the traditional patina I associate with His Holiness.
The speech was interesting in that while he obvsiously espouses most of the same values of the Dalai Lama, there are also obvious core beliefs where they differ. Within the discussion, he talked about the inevitability of succession, as the Dalai Lama is not a young man and what potential changes in the laws of succession might come up as well. As I said, the level of candor he expressed was somewhat surprising, but totally appreciated.
Khedroob is certainly one of the most interesting and admirable people I have met; I was really lucky to have the experience I did Saturday. On a personal level, he even looked at the photos of my daughter and commented nicely on those too. Just a very nice man.
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Furachan (0) 2007-11-05 5:04
Ok, Darren, here goes. A fine note, a genuinely interesting, moving face but...two things:
1. Close portrait with pure bokeh beyond it - no real attempt at "situating" him within a recognizable context. That is a mistake in my opinion.
2. Why color? Surely you'd get more mileage out of a well toned BW, it might justify some of that bokeh space.
It is an arresting face - intelligent, compassionate, all that.
I just dunno... let's see how this plays out in the "community".
For me it's a half dose of gren, buddy, above reasons being the cause.
designsoul (21492) 2007-11-05 5:26
Indeed a fine face. Being a fan of bokeh (something my little Nikon cannot do just the same way), I am not totally convinced it might be more interesting to see more of the surroundings, like Francis suggests. But, come to think of it after reading your reply, my initial response has changed to "Why not?"--precisely owing to the incongruous surroundings. I like him, as I do His Holiness, and they do share some features; that gentleness of the eyes being the most obvious. A soothing, beautiful, composed presence, indeed wonderful you met him and had a chance to talk to him.
barrufeto_77 (28884) 2007-11-05 6:02
Maybe needs a little more sharpness but, anyway a lovely 100% pure bokeh.
markoci (3927) 2007-11-05 10:03
sorry, i couldn't make it... agree with many points that francis made... also a bit too noisy at 1600... not disturbing though, but i also wonder abt a b&w... maybe also a bit too much on the magenta/redish side, perhaps just compared to your signature warm yellowish cast...
- Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) (6823)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-11-03
- Categories: Event
- Camera: Pentax *ist D, Pentax FA77mm f/1.8 Limited
- Exposure: f/1.8, 1/15 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-05 4:48