Book Review: “Windhorse Warrior” by R C Friedericks, (Pub.) Niyogi Books

Niyogi Books never fails to impress their readers through their exceptional literary masterpieces. Continuing this chain, they have presented another remarkable story of a Windhorse Warrior by R C Friedericks. The book features a Chinese man Chuang Wei Ming as he treads the path of finding his objectives and in the process is drawn closer to Buddhism, the legendary King Gesar and his self awakening. The story takes its readers to the Central Asia in the year 1947 at Shanghai, China.

A bewitching tale of love…

Jiachen took her last breath in Wei Ming’s arms. She left him in the visible world but stayed by him in the form of an invisible force which led him towards his road to enlightenment. He went on following Jiachen’s belief in Communism and hence, a boy belonging to an elite family of China converted into a communist party member.

The story that initiated in China, later on travelled to Tibet. Wei Ming volunteered for the Chinese movement of introducing communal reforms in Tibet. Through genuine communist values along with the wisdom and honesty in his heart, Wei Ming succeeded in winning the trust of Tibetans. He spoke like them, dressed like them, helped them with his insight and became a part of them. 

However, to some he was still a Chinese, an outsider or a Gyame. The situation worsened with the aggressive approaches of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in Tibet. The true virtues of communism started being undermined and the PLA turned more into a conqueror than a reformer. The incidents pushed Wei Ming into the state of confusion and lack of clear perception.

In his journey full of twists and turns, the most enchanting incident was meeting Dechen, his Dakini. Dechen was not an ordinary person and so did Wei Ming. She catalyzed Wei Ming’s spiritual transformation and sowed the seed of Buddhism in his heart. Together, they awakened their people and shown them the Golden Way. 

United, we can bring this world to its full beauty and live in it as fully awakened human being. Come with us on the Golden Way!  (P.g. 445)  

But, destiny didn’t forget to play its cruel game on the mortal yet the eternal lovers. 

Warriors of Peace…

Windhorse Warrior gives an idea of resisting the enemy and evil by resorting to non-violence. It portrays warriors who struggle to bring peace and harmony. Moreover, it features many strong men and women – playing significant roles in Wei Ming’s story and are indeed true Buddhists as well as warriors.

Glimpse of Tibet and Tibetan history…

The ancient Tibetan society and its scenario is beautifully described in the story. The political ruckus of that time and its impact on the people, culture and prevailing circumstances are precisely illustrated and therefore, effortlessly connects to the reader. The plot revolves around and also mentions at many junctures the ancient legend of King Gesar. The eminence of non-violence, love, peace and equality rules throughout the story and promotes the luminous concept of Buddhism and enlightenment.

Windhorse Warrior is a love story set in an ambiance of political hustle and bustle. It is an exceptional expedition of Wei Ming from a privileged boy to a communist comrade and ultimately to a spiritually awakened being, a Babdrungpa. His transformation from Wei Ming to Chodak-la and his glorious days of Tibet proves to be an exciting read.

About the Reviewer

Bhabya Singh (Columnist, Reviews) has recently completed her Post Graduation in Commerce. However, with a fond love towards literature she thrives to read and write.

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