We were told that these sheep were very valuable and some of them could fetch as much as 15000Rs.I noticed one sheep limp.
Prem told me that the sheep must have had a fall. He then said that the villagers usually killed these injured sheep for meat.
Some of these shepherds wore a lovely while shawl. It looked coarse but extremely warm and comfortable. When asked if I could buy one in the village, they looked embarrassed. They told me that these shawls were made from the wool got from these sheep. City people like me should buy it from bigger towns. What I did not realise that the barter system worked there. They probably exchanged shawls for some food produce.
I did not persist as by now I was aware of the hospitality of these people, they might have insisted I take what they had.
Rajma was a staple at the camps. We were served rajma for almost every meal.