I had just finished lunch in the hostel mess when someone read aloud from the newspaper that Rubaiyya Sayeed had been kidnapped by some Pakistan-backed terrorists in Kashmir. She was, the then Home Minister Mufti Sayeed’s daughter. The kidnappers had demanded the release of thirteen of their associates in exchange…

The city of Srinagar, like most civilizations, is located on the two banks of River Jhelum. If you stand on the top of Shankaracharya hill and peer down at the city, you can see the river calmly winding its way down, from one end to another.

Several bridges connect the…

Last autumn, my son was going on a weekend trip to Alwar with his friends. While they were drawing their plans, as is my habit, I quickly looked up the Internet — “places to visit near Alwar”. And that’s how I discovered this hidden little jewel of Rajasthan, called Abhaneri.

Stories of injustice must always be told and retold. I recently read the book, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and while going through the pages, all those places and events described in it played in front of me. I went to Auschwitz and Birkenau in December of 2016. It was nothing…

Kedarnath Dham

They say, some things happen only when “bulava aata hai”. I think my time had come too, finally, for my long-awaited trip to Kedarnath. For years together, I had been reading about people undertaking the Char Dham yatra or a trip to Kedarnath and Badrinath. I would read about how…

In 2015, I took a train from Treviso, where I was for work, to Trieste, to visit the only concentration camp that had existed in Italy. It was on that trip, while I was exploring the maps, did I realise that, I was very close to a country called Slovenia.

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Girl From The Valley

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