Ladakh is not a travel destination that features prominently on Singaporeans’ radar. Which is probably why the author's intention to travel there in August this year raised many eyebrows.
“Oh, it’s the place where ‘Three Idiots’ was shot,” he would say. The Bollywood blockbuster gave many viewers their first taste of the stark, haunting beauty of the Buddhist ex-kingdom along the borders of Northern India, Pakistan and Tibet, China.
But unlike the far-too-many tourists ushered in by the film’s epic finale, sightseeing was not on the author's agenda. He and 31 other volunteers were setting about a journey across the vast and treacherous trans-Himalayan landscape to bring mobile eye care to hard-to-reach village communities