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27May2017

Postcards from Ladakh

"Postcards from Ladakh" (full color) by renowned journalist, Ajay Jain, is a collection of colorful frames - picture postcards and vivid description of the remote, fascinating region of Ladakh.

There is a huge coverage on His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa's activities, especially the Pad Yatra, the nuns and Hemis Festival. At the end of the book, the author appends an exclusive interview with His Holiness which is very insightful and moving. (click image to enlarge view)

Total Pages of Book: 184pp on artpaper (full color with many photos)
Publisher: Kunzum
Size: 126 mm (w) x 180 mm (h) x 15 mm (d)
Language: English only
ISBN: 978-81906007-5-0 (1st Edition)

Price: USD 19.95 (excluding postage, which will be calculated based on shipping address)

click "Read More" for excerpts of the book.

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Postcards from Ladakh is a pictorial travelogue on Ladakh written by Ajay Jain, a full time writer, journalist and photographer. The book is intended to give readers a flavour of what Ladakh truly is based on his 10,000 km journey across the region.

Excerpts:

Conversing with His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

If I see it as a sign, then the unexpected opportunity to interview His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa while writing this book was an auspicious one. As he put it, we were karma-bound to connect. Here are the exerpts from my conversations with the head of the 800-year-old Drukpa Lineage. (last chapter of the book)

The Monastery Inspired By A Vulture's Nest

His muse was a vulture's nest. In the 13th century, Buddhist sage Gyalwa Gotsangpa (his name means "vulture" Got "nest" Tsang) zeroed in on a lofty, secluded, secure location for Hemis Gompa, now Ladakh's most revered monastery. Nestled amid towering mountains, it assured its monks of uninterrupted solitude.

They Still Make Schools Like These...

(About the Druk White Lotus School) Imagine a school where you are taught how t succeed in the modern word but not at the expense of your traditions, you rooting. Where you learn to cherish your environment. Where your buildings soak in solar energy instead of expending electricity, you recycle waste, you plant thousands of trees... The students keep smiling, and their laughter is infectious. You never tire of their company. Why didn't they make such schools when we were kids?