I have always found friends in the unlikeliest of places. When I was a child, I found some of my fondest friends in flying chairs and magic trees in the pages of books. As I grew older, I found friends in the young children I met in the remote villages of Ladakh. My heart aches when I have to leave them behind and come back to Delhi, and I wish for nothing more than to give them a friend, a piece of me, to keep in my absence.
Rigzin’s Lost Smile is a picture book I have written for the children of Ladakh. Rigzin, the protagonist of the book, is from Liktsey a small village in Ladakh; the first village I visited in Ladakh. Rigzin is a very happy young girl, who always has a big smile on her face. She dreams of travelling the world and loves reading books. Her favourite place is the 17000 ft Foundation library.
Through Rigzin, I hope that the children I get so much love from find someone to rely on, someone who ensures that their smile is never lost.
Here is a link to the digital copy of the book Rigzin’s Lost Smile, brought to life with the help of my friend Sandli, who did the illustrations. I hope you enjoy the book.
Thank you Sujata Ma’am for guiding me. A big thank you to Sahu Sir, Stanzin Galdan, Delek Namgyal, Zakir Hussain Sharah, Mohd Shair, Fiza Bano, Anjali Velhankar and the entire team of 17000 ft Foundation.