During that period, through to 1979, Qinghai Tibetan News published a number of his works under the penname “Radio Victory”. Soon thereafter, other publications began to publish his Tibetan writings. As Dondrub Gyal’s reputation spread throughout Tibet, he began to use the pen name “Rangdrol” meaning “Self-Liberated,” which led some to believe that he was the reincarnation of a lama named Rangdrol. In 1980 and 1981 two Tibetan literary journals were founded: Tibetan Literature in Lhasa, and Light Rain in Xining. Both published modern Tibetan fiction and poetry. Among Dondrub Gyal’s more famous compositions that appeared in these were Yak and Tiger Field, Tulku and The Frost Bitten Flower. Tulku, which criticized the Tibetan custom of identifying reincarnations of famous lamas, was controversial, and he was accused of damaging Buddhism. He received a razor blade in the mail, a not so subtle death threat. In 1983, the second issue of Light Rain published Dondrub Gyel’s poem Waterfall of Youth, written in a new style. The poem, a rousing ode to Tibet that celebrated the vitality of Tibetan youth, had an enormous impact on the landscape of Tibetan literature. It inspired not just writers and intellectuals to read and write poetry, but even many young ordinary Tibetans.
He wrote the lyrics for the song Oh Blue Lake, for which the famed composer Makye Chopathar wrote the music, as well as the famous essay The Small Footpath. Dondrub Gyal’s poor relationships with the school administration, colleagues and local officials made it difficult for him to stay in Chabcha. In 1985 he informed the director of the school that he planned to transfer to China. The director was so pleased to get rid of him that he offered to continue paying him from the time he left work until he had found a new position.