A story of valor and courage. Just finished reading Namgyal Takla's autobiography. What a privilege is to know and share a friendship with Namilha. A brave, courageous and fearless woman of wisdom. In her biography you learn about her humanity, a history of valor and difficulties, of losses and regain, and of reinventing herself and her community. How she overcame devastating losses in a personal, family and cultural levels, and how she combined being a refugee with working to help her countrymen and women, raising family, and sharing the world stage with HH the Dalai Lama's family. Moreover, after succeeding in achieving the American dream, she came to later give it all up to return to the work of helping others. Her writings are not only a history of a heroic life, but also a mirror for the heroism of people in exile and refugee camps specially the Tibetan People, enduring not only personal tragedy but the tragedy of a whole nation facing genocide and rebuilding identity in a "brave new world." Knowing Namgyal Talkla, her mother, brothers and sister is a honor and inspiration to all. She is also the sister of H.H The 37th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, who himself came out of the cold.