Lama Mani Book is a publishing imprint started by Think Tibet. The objective is to publish children’s books that reflect the society in exile. Lama Manis were the storytellers of Tibet and our publishing imprint is a tribute to them. The main audience for our books is children growing up in exile. We feel that the distance is growing and those growing up in exile need something that brings their identity close to them while also reinforcing it. Literature, we feel, is one of the best ways to reach out to the children and allow them to know more about themselves. They will also be an important social documentation of the times we live in and the lives we lead. We feel there is a dearth of contemporary and relevant books on Tibetan life, culture and society available for children and that is the void we are trying to fill. We published two titles in 2009 with the help of a grant from the Foundation of Universal Responsibility of HH the Dalai Lama. Dorje’s Holiday at the Genso Khang was a story set in the old age home at Mundgod settlement and Dolma Visits the City was the story of the sweater sellers. We realised that it was significant when we saw that the people whose stories it narrates feel acknowledged. There are many stories to tell. Indeed, every one in exile has a story. And we wish to bring some of those into print.
We are trying to continue our Meyul series with more books. We are looking for illustrators, designer and fund support to finish the goal.