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A Political and Spiritual Trek through India, Tibet and Afghanistan


Toppled World is a moving personal account of the life of Sudha Johorey and a rare glimpse into the events that shaped India in the early years of independence as well as her own spiritual philosophy, as recounted to her dear friend Susan Murphy through stories and memories.

It was spring of 1959 and the Chinese occupation of Tibet was in full swing. In the midst of all the turmoil and unease was Sudha Johorey, wife of the political officer in charge of the Indian Mission in Yatung, worried about the state of affairs for her beloved Tibet, the souring relationship between India and China and above all her friend, HH the Dalai Lama who was rumored to have left Llasa for sanctuary in India. Thus begins the extraordinary journey of a young woman and her unlikely friendship with HH the Dalai Lama, her adventures as a diplomat’s wife across India, Tibet, Afghanistan, and the jungle of frontier states of her country and her unique and personal journey with the teachings of the Buddha.


“The book is blessed. Just write the book!”

- Dalai Lama -



Susan Murphy with His Holiness, Dalai Lama, 2005

Susan Murphy with His Holiness, Dalai Lama, 2005

“The observant understanding of changing times in these eyewitness accounts make these memoirs a ‘first draft of history,’ recorded through the keen eye of the wife of a key Indian diplomat.”

- Namita Gokhale -
Author of Things to Leave Behind



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