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  • Hope Cooke is an American woman who was the "Gyalmo" of the 12th Chogyal of Sikkim. Their wedding took place in March 1963. Palden Thondup Namgyal was to be the last king of Sikkim as a protectorate state under India. By 1973, both the country and their marriage were crumbling; soon Sikkim was annexed by India. Five months after the violent takeover of Sikkim had begun, Cooke returned to the USA with her two birth children and step-daughter to put them in schools in New York City. Cooke and her husband divorced in 1980; Namgyal died of cancer in 1982. Cooke wrote an autobiography, Time Change and began a career as a lecturer, book critic and magazine contributor, later becoming an urban historian. In her new life as a student of New York City, Cooke published Seeing New York; worked as a newspaper columnist; taught at Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Birch Wathen, a New York City private school.

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