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By Helena Norberg-Hodge

A gripping portrait of the western Himalayan land occasionally referred to as “Little Tibet,” Ancient Futures opens with writer Helena Norberg-Hodge’s first stopover at in 1975 to idyllic, preindustrial Ladakh. She then tracks the profound adjustments that happened because the quarter used to be opened to overseas travelers and Western items and applied sciences, and gives a firsthand account of ways relentless strain for fiscal development prompted generational and spiritual clash, unemployment, inflation, and environmental harm, threatening to resolve Ladakh’s conventional manner of life.

Energized by way of the destiny of a those that had captured her middle, Norberg-Hodge helped determine the Ladakh undertaking (later renamed the overseas Society for Ecology and tradition) to hunt sustainable ideas that look after cultural integrity and environmental wellbeing and fitness whereas addressing the starvation for modernization. on the grounds that then, different Ladakh-based tasks have proliferated, helping renewable power platforms, neighborhood agricultural tools, and the religious foundations of Ladakhi culture.

The author’s new afterword brings readers updated at the paintings of those initiatives and on her personal profession over numerous many years as she traveled greatly, gazing comparable affects on different cultures. She demanding situations us to reconsider our ideas of “development” and “progress,” stressing particularly the necessity to hold old knowledge into our future.

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To me, with my emphasis on individual rights, this seemed so unfair. But their reaction, “We have to live together,” made me think. It seemed that to the Ladakhis the overriding issue was coexistence. It was more important to keep good relations with your neighbor than to earn some money. Another time, Sonam and his neighbor had asked the carpenter to make some window frames; they were both building extensions to their houses. When the carpenter was finished, he brought all the frames to the neighbor.

As I write this, another such scene is being played out in front of me. Outside the window, two maroon-colored shapes are moving slowly toward me between the fields of barley. The path is stony and steep, and as they come closer, I can see that a little boy monk is helping an older one. Bent and shaking slightly, the old man, perhaps eighty years of age, hesitates at every boulder and turn. The little shape zigzags back and forth, finding the best position from which to give a helping hand. One of the first things that struck me on my arrival in Ladakh was the wide, uninhibited smiles of the women, who moved about freely, joking and speaking with men in an open and unselfconscious way.

If two people are involved in trade, for example, they can be sure that someone will be there to help them strike a deal. This way they avoid the possibility of direct confrontation. In most situations, the parties already know one another. But if someone unknown to the others intervenes, it is not seen as meddling—the help will be welcomed. One spring I was traveling on a truck from Kargil to Zanskar. Since snow still covered the road, the journey was taking longer than usual, but though it was rough and uncomfortable, I was enjoying the experience.

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