Girl in Zanskar wants to be a cop when she grows...

What would you think when a girl in the third grade says she wants to be a cop when she grows up? And this...

When the lamas dance behind the scenes

Many Buddhist monasteries in the Ladakh and Tibetan regions have a tradition of annual festivals, going back hundreds of years. They are usually dance...

The lama’s whip comes with a blessing

Spare the rod and spoil and child. Heard this? Likewise, the lamas (Buddhist monks) seem to believe in the power of the whip to...

Review: A refreshing coffee experience at Desert Rain in Leh

How many coffee bars do you know of where you are invited to sit around, read books kept on the shelves, even sleep off...

How the Army promotes rural entrepreneurship in Ladakh

If you thought the Army’s job was only to defend the country’s borders, think again. They have also been entrusted with the responsibility of...

Would I like to become a Buddhist Monk?

On a visit to the Phyang Monastery near Leh, I got an unexpected offer: of becoming a Buddhist monk, or Lama. I was sitting around...

Is Muslim population growth in Ladakh a part of a plan?

A major concern of the Buddhist Ladakhis is the population increase by Muslims in Ladakh, where the latter are in a minority, as part...

What are workers from Jharkhand and Bihar doing in Ladakh?

One of the surprises in Ladakh was the sight of workers at road building projects all the way from the states of Bihar and...

Muslims marrying Buddhists in Ladakh leads to violence

According to a senior and responsible army officer posted at the Siachen glacier, a point of conflict between India and Pakistan, the town of...

Buddhist monks fear being killed in Srinagar, don’t wear robes

Buddhist monks (lamas) are supposed to be in their robes all the time, even when they are allowed breaks for some leisure. The exception...