Credits:- (@radhika_nomllers) Pitcure Taken Near the Vegetable Market, Dal Lake
How could something as beautiful and serene as this could be misunderstood for anything else?
I stayed in a house boat with a local family while in Srinagar. It was a really sudden plan and as soon as I got out the shared taxi to walk towards my hotel, a man approached saying to check his house boat just once. He started regarding me as his sister and no matter how much all my senses were on a high alert he tried his best to make me feel comfortable.
I used to have lunch dinner together with his family - elder brother, wife, a son and a daughter. And then they told me how much everything is misunderstood here. How much they would like to have peace but because of a few rodents in the society who are paid to cause a chaos, destroys their name and the faith of others in their religion. Seeing the truth in their eyes and hearing their stories made me feel how unnecessary us humans are at times in the name of our beliefs.
And the night ended with him singing a verse he wrote on his old tattered notebook of how much he suffered in the old times due to militants and how much he misses the beauty of the old Dal Lake (the irony of two separate worlds)
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