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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Phool ko Aankhama by Ani Choying Drolma

       My Review: 4/5

A true heart touching story of a young girl on how she decided to become Ani. A singer/social worker Ani Choying Drolma grew up with physical violence by her father. Her childhood was spent doing household work and helping her mother. Not only was she the victim of this abuse, her mother was constantly beaten up too. After seeing this, Drolma completely lost her trust on men and marriage, and she figured out that the only way to get out of marriage is to become Ani.    

Before I read this book, I didn't have much knowledge about Ani(s). I didn't know that the only differences between the normal girls and them are, Ani(s) cannot marry or have physical relationship, and have to wear kashaya robe. The story of Drolma is quite inspiring though. Even though she had a bad childhood, what she has done with her life is amazing. Despite the fact that her father never treated her well, she took great care of her parents. It's because she ended up getting a decent education from her Guru, who pointed out that her father's behaviour is itself a disease. He is a victim of his anger and he has no power to stand up to it. 

Some great lessons for everyone! You don't have to be a Buddhist to get inspired from this book.