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A Quiet Desperation
By Chunnit Chhering

Nestled at the foothills of gigantic mountains, my village Gue is located south – east of Spiti near the Indo-China border. Away from the hustle-bustle of urban plains, we have always lived a quiet life. Our lives revolve around what we primarily derive from nature. Our days are spent tending to our barley farm and grazing livestock in the high pastures of my village.

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Who owns the Water?
By Chhering Angchuk

“May the ones deprived of a son be blessed with one, the ones deprived of horse be blessed with a mare and the ones deprived of the water be blessed with this resource”

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Women and Water: A Photo Story
By multiple Storytellers

It is a bright sunny day in June and a group of women can be leisurely seen knitting sweaters, mufflers and socks for winter … an unusual sight during peak farming season in Spiti. When water is accessible, it leads to happier, healthier communities.

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The Many Tales Around Water
By Kalzang Dolma

The Khandoma had asked him to keep their relationship a secret as the union between earthly beings and water dwellers like her from different realms are prohibited. The shepherd vowed to keep this a life long secret.


In Conversation with Women of Chicham
By Tanzin Dawa

They say it is called global warming in English and has to do with plastic usage. I am not sure how it is interrelated and how it impacts our fields here in Spiti but I do believe it. I think about it a lot and think of avoiding plastic usage on my level. But will it make a difference on a larger level?

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Unpredictable Lifelines
By Sunder Negi

Verses of prayers reverberate throughout the valley as men sing and climb mountains to ensure their village has water in the summer. People from Khadra, Akpa and Rarang village trek for 27 km to reach Pangi top and clear the path of the artificial stream - Kashang nahar to let the water flow freely towards their villages. But is that about to change?

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