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  • Where India, Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan meet, the kingdom of Sikkim blends the traditions of all four nations in an uneasy symphony cacophony.

    In Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, this archery tournament was meant to improve Bhutan-India relations. High in the Himalayas, under the shadow of Kanchendzonga, the teams competed for pride. (India was winning.)

    Listen. You can hear the THWACK of the arrow sinking into the wooden target at the beginning. And then the victory song - strained, breathless voices pushing emotions through thin air, only to be ignored by unmoving massifs.

    No matter where you go, victory songs sound about the same. Is it any wonder then that mountains do not echo our boasts of triumph?
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