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Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir - A shikara boat heads for the Char Chinar | by Anoop Negi
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Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir - A shikara boat heads for the Char Chinar

Srinagar was under an ominous pall of smog. This was early November around Diwali time.

No celebrations in this state of Kashmir. The sympathisers, specially the youngsters , and the Mullahs who exhorted the faithful Moslems to strive for an indepnedant Kashmir had been holding ransom the city and much of the countryside with their frequent calls for strikes. Every road was littered with policemen and para military forces in a show of strength to combat the occasional stone pelting youth, a mode reminiscent of the Palestinian protest against the Israeli forces.


The sad spectacle was the state administration and the government. One would expect that it functioned in some way. Conspicuous by their absence, the complications in that beautiful state can perhaps only be laid at the door step of the conniving politicians. The worst was the best here.


Dal lake was dull. A few colorful shikaras broke the grey monotony ever so often. The iconic Char chinars in the distance were what one aimed for this day. I wonder if the state will ever be able to come up the way as it exists, totally defunct and aimless with the youth misguided in their zeal and fervor.


The only bright spot. The Army handling the situation.. Thank the Lord for small mercies. Otherwise the state continues to be in a dull haze of smog that seems to be setting in forever.



Taken on November 6, 2010 at 3.39pm IST (edit)

Posted to Flickr November 6, 2011 at 11.00PM IST (edit)

Exif data

Camera Nikon D300

Exposure 0.002 sec (1/500)

Aperture f/4.5

Focal Length 55 mm

ISO Speed 200

Exposure Bias 0 EV

Flash No Flash

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P.s. -- I just noticed this was shot on 6th November.. a year has flown by and not much the people or the photographer for that matter ;-)


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Taken on November 6, 2010