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Day 7 We wake up at 5.30 in the morning, get ready and go around the ashram. The sunrise is yet to happen though the sky has already started assuming colours. The ashram is situated in the middle of the woods. There are some 1500 apple trees. An artificial water body next to the dining [...]
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From the ruins of Sun Temple, Bajee drives us to Wani uncle’s place. He is an ex-colleague and a very close friend of Bajee. We stop over his place for a late lunch. Like Hamid uncle, Wani uncle too is very welcoming. Everyone starts chatting̱ up in Kashmiri and I sit there observing. The feeling [...]
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Day 6, Pahalgam This morning we were supposed to start early but we wake up with rains outside. Arvind Bhaiya has to leave for some work. He tells us an incident which again depresses me thinking about this entire façade we create for religion, easily giving up our life-long values, love, logic or education. Before [...]
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Day 5, Srinagar This morning we meet Bajee’s friend and ex-colleague for tea. We talk about the flood situation that happened last year. We are told that the water level had reached till the second floor of the guest house and people literally floated out from the windows to escape. And now there is no [...]
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Day 4, Srinagar For Lolab valley, Hamid uncle too is set to accompany us. It is nice seeing Bajee enjoying his time with uncle while Mehak & I are busy plucking walnut from trees and roaming all over the campus while Arun is busy with his work. After he wraps up, we drive off to [...]
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Day 2, Sopore After leaving Bijbehara, we are on our way to Sopore where we are supposed to put up for the next 2 nights. On the way I get the first sight of the ruins of Kashmiri Pundits’ houses! Half burnt, broken and shattered, more a haphazard arrangement of bricks rather than buildings, once [...]
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Day 0, Pune It is late in the evening when I reach Pune. Ahh! “I need a vacation!” As I thought my phone rings. Arun, my hubby, is calling. Best person to vent out the frustrations of a tiring official trip and demand for a vacation! After listening to my exaggerated version of the unfairly [...]
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