now that was a trip.
Kashmir again, after 19 years....still Paradise...the scenic landscape and the beautiful people as usual, punctuated this time by soldiers...beauty and sadness, supreme.
had an amazing road trip to srinagar from jammu...visited the usual suspects, shikara-ed, gulmarg...friendly faces....the setting almost normal again...tourists by the bucket...from all over the country...the magnificent mountains surveying human folly....ageless, timeless
our driver...a crazy character...drove like a maniac through the mountains, hairpin bends and all...colourful chap...an original. tall, strapping, long hair and the occasional habitual eccentric gestures while overtaking another vehicle on a turn that can accomodate half with a gorge staring us in glee...Shaitani Naala, the spot on the highway where many have tumbled down to meet the One.
the lil kids who wanted their pics taken as I went shutter-crazy...posing for me. :-) the security forces, tough yet human, from different parts of the country, guarding a jewel.
Amazing time....memories now...forever.