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Free Tibet Inc

Fifty years after a trans-Himalayan exodus, Tibetans scale professional heights with elan

Free Tibet Inc
Jitender Gupta
Free Tibet Inc
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Kunsang Tanzin’s first trip to Bombay in the late ’80s was a disaster. Armed with orders from French importers of home furnishings, the young would-be entrepreneur went to the city in search of fabric. He couldn’t pay advances, so he told suppliers he would pay up as soon as his buyers paid him. Not a single deal worked out. On the train back to Delhi, Kunsang shared his disappointment with a fellow traveller. He listened attentively, and then asked, "Where did you stay?" "At a small hotel near Bombay Central station," replied Kunsang. "Why?" The man shook his head, and told him, "That’s not how you do business here. Next time, stay at a five-star hotel, and ask the agents and suppliers to come to you." Kunsang followed his advice, though almost unnerved by his own extravagance—and it worked. Once he ‘looked’ the part, the 55-year-old recounts with a laugh, he got credit. And that’s how the young Tibetan refugee, who grew up in the austere world of settlements, took his first tentative steps into the real India; and became, along...
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