The mountains are mysterious places and each valley or peak contains its own secrets and tales. The ten stories in this book, all based on legends, myths or actual events, are set in Himachal and present a fascinating picture of a state possessing a rich history, steeped in mythology, blessed with a unique natural environment and peopled with a diverse cast of memorable characters. They explore a wide spectrum of human emotions and values criminal depravity rustic wisdom, insentient love divine anger the ambivalence of violence and classical bureaucratic shenanigans. if there is one message they convey, it is this: do not laugh at what you can’t explain. Life is to be lived, Not Judged.