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The timeless and the contemporary coexist like that all over this country of stunning scenery and intense Buddhist pieties. “We want to modernize, not Westernize,” is the mantra we heard again and again. Take the Phobjika Valley, an isolated region that electricity reached only within the year. It’s famous for two things, the Gangtey Monastery and black-necked cranes. Snow dusted the hills the morning we visited the Gangtey school, where young monks chanted in the altar room. Some of them stole looks in our direction without breaking their rhythmic syllables. Vapor from their breath was visible in the cold. When they left, I noticed a modern-day touch of warmth: fleece or Nike jackets zipped up under their saffron-colored robes.