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Mayank Chhaya Biography
Mayank Chhaya is a journalist and writer based in Chicago. His career includes extensive reporting experience out of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States…Since 1998 he has also been writing extensively about America in the wider international context. He is also an authorized biographer of the Dalai Lama whose book ‘Man, Monk, Mystic’ has been published in 24 languages around the world, including in America by Random House.
Mayank Chhaya Age
Mayank was born in 1961 in Chicago, India, he is hence 59 years old as of 2020.
Mayank Chhaya Net worth
He has been a journalist for 32 years 17 reporting on India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and 15 on the United States. I have written two books so far, both biographies. One was in 1992 about Sam Pitroda, the internationally respected information technology guru credited with having made India an information and communications technology powerhouse.
The other was in 2007, the authorized biography of the Dalai Lama: Man Monk Mystic. It has been published in 22 languages so far. I am working on three books, one documentary, and one feature film currently.
Mayank Chhaya Career
Mayank Chhaya is a respected journalist and writer with three and a half decades of reporting out of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. He has reported all major news stories out of India since 1982. He is a widely published commentator on global affairs but in particular on South Asian and Sino-Tibetan affairs.
He is also an authorized biographer of the Dalai Lama whose book ‘Man, Monk, Mystic’ has been published in 24 languages around the world, including in America by Random House. Chhaya recently completed a feature-length documentary titled ‘Gandhi’s Song’ which is now going through international distribution. He is currently working on three more books, one documentary, one feature film, and one television show.
He is a widely published commentator on South Asian and China-Tibet affairs. Since 1998 he has also been writing extensively about America in the wider international context.
He immigrated to the United States, 1998. He attended Hayaa. He graduates degrees in chemistry and physics. He covered South Asian affairs for a number of newspapers and wire services. It was in 1996, while he was writing an article on Tibetan exiles, that he first met the fourteenth Dalai Lama, who has spent nearly half a century in exile in India and who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. While interviewing him, Chhaya expressed an interest in writing his biography, but it wasn’t until after he sent copies of the finished article to him, however, that his subject agreed to the project.
The Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, and Mystic is the only authorized biography of the holy man written by a non-Buddhist author. Kathy Millen noted in the Naperville Sun: “To further flesh out the story, Chhaya spent two years interviewing hundreds of people with connections to his subject, including Robert Thurman, a foremost scholar of Tibetan Buddhism; China scholar Orville Schell, dean of the Berkeley School of Journalism; actor and Buddhism devotee Richard Gere; British actor and travel host Michael Palin; the Dalai Lama’s elder brother Thubten Jigme Norbu; and scores of Tibetans, scholars and diplomats.”
Chhaya also stayed in contact with the Dalai Lama, whose birth name is Llamo Thondup and who was identified as the reincarnation of Tibet’s spiritual leader when he was three years old. In reviewing the biography for the Calcutta Telegraph Online, Priyanka Jhala wrote: “These numerous encounters went far in unraveling some of those mysteries. Chhaya was able to ask the Dalai Lama some difficult questions, and his responses, and, more importantly, the way in which they were delivered, simplifies some of the seeming complexities surrounding the man.”
India Currents Online reviewer Rajesh C. Oza wrote: “Chhaya successfully interweaves many such quotes from the Dalai Lama to keep the narrative moving and make his subject’s humanity accessible.” Chhaya also studies the Tibet-China conflict and notes that the Dalai Lama and his followers are no closer to a resolution than they were in 1950, when China annexed Tibet and when, at age fifteen, the Dalai Lama assumed authority as a secular leader.
Mayank Chhaya Books
- Dalai Lama Mayank Chhaya
- Dalai Lama: The Revealing Life Story and His Struggle for Tibet
- Sam Pitroda, a Biography Mayank Chhaya