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These beautiful twelve stories by Abdul Ghani Sheikh provide a rare glimpse of Ladakhi society and culture. Situated in the high reaches of Himalayan and Karakoram ranges, the unique culture of India's northernmost district, Ladakh, has been radically affected by war, tourism and development. These stories by Abdul Gani Sheikh give an account of life and society in modern-day Ladakh.
Ravina Aggarwal, who teaches anthropology at Smith College, Massachusetts, has over the last twelve years explored the connection between social space and nationalism in Ladakh. In this collaborative anthology with the author, she shows how local writings reflect the dilemmas of development and how literature can be mobilized to affect policy and practice.