Niema was born and brought up in Montreal. At the age of 14 Niema embarked on a trip to New York; from then on she knew that travel was a driving passion fundamental to her existence. Leaving home an adolescent, she returned an adult, with a husband, baby and a career.
She has travelled extensively throughout the world punctuated by periods spent in her native Canada. In the early sixties she had a daughter, Ronit, whom she raised while living and working with some of the most influential musicians and poets of our time.
In her first book ‘Touching Tibet’ Niema Ash was described as ‘the ideal author of a travel book: passionate, curious, self-critical, and with a rare ability to describe not just the outward appearances of a foreign land but to penetrate and evoke in splendidly vivid prose, its very essence’.
Niema is one of the few to have witnessed this forbidden country without restriction; she meets and introduces us to the real Tibet and paints a picture that with each day that passes can no longer be painted.
Forget convention, follow your instincts; Niema and her friend did just that. They left their husbands, their folk club (where the likes of Dylan, Heaney and Cohen frequented), to travel with their daughter and son from Montreal to Marrakesh. A great 60′s trip and an inspiration for all mothers and daughters alike.