by Chin Cabrido
In a tiny hamlet called Gangyap (meaning ‘behind the hills’ in local Bhutia dialect in Sikkim, India), a 16-woman basketball team is clinching women’s basketball trophies and grabbing the local news headlines. The team captain, Nima Doma Bhutia, alongside fifteen women players are first generation learners attending Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) for tribal children that is funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. I first heard of the girls of Gangyap through local news in Sikkim India and began contacting friends in Sikkim to reach the girls' coach. Since electricity is intermittent and phone signal unstable in Gangyap, it was very hard to reach the players coach by email or by phone but after three weeks I was able to contact Sidharth Yonzone.