In this lesson, you can read two short stories written by students in grade 7. As you will notice, the students were rather short of inspiration and chose to retell fables from their textbook rather than local tales that we have been hoping for. This may be partly due to the fact that, as we have heard, stories are usually only told in Ladakh in winter, when there is little else to do for many months. The idea of telling stories in September may seem to be as foreign to the locals as the suggestion to sing a few Christmas carols would sound to us in June. For Czech speakers: if you would like to read some stories from Ladakh, get the book Příběhy z Malého Tibetu.

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