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Compelled to accompany her mom to India in the course of summer time holiday, Jasmine ""Jazz"" Gardner, homesick and lacking her ally Steve, by surprise discovers the magic of monsoon season while she befriends a bothered woman and volunteers at an area orphanage.

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Its Capital is Leh. The people represent a blend of three distinct groups. Two of these were Aryans represented by the Dards of Gilgit and Mons of north India. The third - the most numerous - was of Mongol origin. In Leh - Zanskar, they are predominantly Buddhist with a few Muslims only. Kargil tehsil is wholly inhabited by the Muslims of Shia faith. D. , which was, however, lost at the end of the century due to a family partition. 10 In the 16th century the Turks from Central Asia led an unsuccessful expedition to Ladakh.

Gulab Singh belonged to this lineage. His father, Kishore Singh, held the jagir of Andarwah in Jammu tehsil. Kishore Singh's father, Zorawar Singh, was a nephew of Ranjit Deo. 15 However, taking advantage of the unsettled condition of Jammu, Ranjit Singh ordered annexation of it in 1808. 16 Meanwhile, Gulab Singh, after some wild wandering, joined the court of Ranjit Singh in 1809 as Commander of a regiment on a monthly salary of Rs. 75 under the present rate of exchange). Now we come back to the exploits of Ranjit Singh again.

It is thus seen that by 1842 Gulab Singh, though still a feudatory of the Sikh Durbar, had risen to great heights by his own efforts and had become master of Jammu, Ladakh and Baltistan, not to speak of his unique probing into Tibet proper. When Ranjit Singh died on 27 June 1839, the Sikh power in India exploded and the British stepped in to fill the vacuum. The year 1846 saw the final collapse of the Sikh power in India with the conclusion of the First Sikh war between the British and the Sikh Durbar, and the British demanded from the defeated Sikh Durbar an indemnity of £ 150,000 ($ 420,000).

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