Turtuk is lovely village in the Nubra Valley which became part of India during 1971 after the India-Pakistan War in Baltistan. The people here speak both Ladakhi and Balti languages. The people of Turtuk have large families of up to 15 children. It is a Muslim dominated community, and more people are becoming educated. Turtuk has more women than men. The people are absolutely beautiful. Women work harder than men, but doesn’t mean that men don’t also work.
The people of Turtuk also suffered relocation during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil war but later re-established themselves in their village. There are still few people who were born in Turtuk when it was in Pakistan and feel lucky to be now part of India, as their condition is much better than their Cousins in Pakistan. It is quite unfortunate that the border has divided the families and they get to only speak over the phone sometimes but they could never meet despite being just few kilometers away. The Pakistani Army Posts can easily be seen from the village. The kids are absolutely adorable and are camera shy but luckily a few kids were excited to see their own photos in my camera. I managed to distribute Crayons, drawing sheets, pencils, erasers,etc. to more than 70 Kids there and interviewed their teacher and couple of other villagers.
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