“Well-come” read the signs at Nepali restaurants, hotels and other attractions. It’s pronounced with equal accents on both syllables, and with a slight pause in between. It’s said less as a greeting, and more as a syncopated response where a Westerner would precede it with “you’re.” It’s hard not to hear it as two words and feel enticed by it. “Thank you,” I say. “Well come!” they reply. (more…)
How could someone not like a place called Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India? That’s the full name of a single place, which should tell you something about its complicated history.
I got a unique glimpse into this corner of the world when I joined a cardiac screening camp to check the cardiovascular health of the local population. (more…)