‘Julley’ was the very first Ladakhi word I learned on stepping foot in Leh. It soon became my go to word; with its multipurpose meanings, I could effectively communicate with the locals, and it opened up a new world for me. It was almost as if it was a spell of some sort – a single ‘Julley’ uttered from my lips would bring me wide smiles and warm conversations from people everywhere; people I was meeting for the very first time. Whether it was a shopkeeper or student, a teacher or home owner, a ‘Julley’ would do the trick of making me one of them.
‘Julley’ for hello, ‘Julley Julley’ for thank you. ‘Julley’ brought with it some magic, ‘Julley’ brought with it laughter and friendships which went well beyond my expectations and even my imagination.
Pictured in this post are Rigzin and Palmo of 17000 ft Foundation spreading ‘Julley’ somewhere close to Pangong Lake. My sixteen days in Ladakh sped away, and I left its mountains, rivers and lakes to return to the plains of Delhi. However, the spirit of ‘Julley’ remained with me; I brought it back home with me, and now I want to share it with all of you. So Julley! Welcome to my blog! A place where you can read about my experience volunteering with 17000 ft Foundation in Ladakh, and about how ‘Ananya learned to Julley’.