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Paradise Rerun

Paradise Rerun
Paradise Rerun
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The Kashmir Valley has provided some of the most enriching moments in my life. Covering film shoots here was my first out-of-town assignment in 1977. It initiated me into the world of glamour and grown-up parties. The magic of the dinner hosted by Shashi Kapoor on a floating donga boat over the moon-dipped Dal Lake remains a treasured teenage memory. Two honeymoons and a long cherished romance with a local Kashmiri have meant soulful moments of reaffirming love vows with wet kisses and solemn hand-holding. Be it breakfast on houseboat decks, shikara rides, walking through saffron fields, water skiing at the Negin, skiing at Gulmarg, picnicking at Pahalgam, travelling to various peaks on horseback, chopper rides over the mountains and a near-death occurrence of drowning in the Dal, I have experienced the Valley in all its wrath and glory.

When the International Centre for Peace Initiatives invited me to Srinagar for a fact-finding mission, I hastily accepted the offer as it presented the opportunity to reconnect with the Paradise city after a gap of 12 years.

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