I met Bob on my third day in McLeod Ganj. He was selling burnt CDs and DVDs on the side of the road, and there was something that I wanted to get ahold of. He had it, and I asked how much. 150 rupees. About $4. I said it was too much. "Come back in the summer and I'll charge you double", he replied. I gave him 150. He introduced himself as Bob, and his dog as Balou. He was a Tibetan, born in India. We were about the same age. I told him my story. Canadian, masters degree, making a book, traveled into Tibet, all that. "I want to put a bomb on that train", he said. "Then the world would pay attention". I was floored. I didn't expect to hear that in McLeod Ganj, the land of monks and souvenir shops. I didn't even hear statements like that at the pro-Tibet rallies in North America, some of which ended in fisticuffs. It totally contradicted the Dalai Lama's non-violent approach. A smirk came across Bob's face, and he challenged me to a game of chess. (image by Ryan Gauvin)
I met Bob on my third day in McLeod Ganj. He was selling burnt CDs and DVDs on the side of the road, and there was something that I wanted to get ahold of. He had it, and I asked how much. 150 rupees. About $4. I said it was too much. "Come back in the summer and I'll charge you double", he replied. I gave him 150. He introduced himself as Bob, and his dog as Balou. He was a Tibetan, born in India. We were about the same age. I told him my story. Canadian, masters degree, making a book, traveled into Tibet, all that. "I want to put a bomb on that train", he said. "Then the world would pay attention". I was floored. I didn't expect to hear that in McLeod Ganj, the land of monks and souvenir shops. I didn't even hear statements like that at the pro-Tibet rallies in North America, some of which ended in fisticuffs. It totally contradicted the Dalai Lama's non-violent approach. A smirk came across Bob's face, and he challenged me to a game of chess.
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