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It’s been years I really wanted to visit Jammu and Kashmir, see the snowy places and especially the sun which rises up in the snow covered mountains with golden reddish rays of serenity and peace.
My entire life, I have lived in Kerala and I used to imagine, how the days, sun and the wind will be outside of it. They say that wherever you go it is the same son and same moon, but when I went to Kashmir it was different. The heaven on Earth, that’s all I can say. It was the same wind, but the crisp chilliness that went through my lungs, it was a breath which I can’t forget.

Initially when I was thinking about where to go for my block placement, my friends suggested Kashmir. But there was a voice in my head that was uncertain because of evident reasons such as regular news updates about terrorist attacks, potentially dangerous emergency situations like landslides and impending mortal peril that lingered over the inhabitants. Obviously my friends and family were concerned about this upcoming journey.

When I was thinking about it, a favorite quote of mine struck me, “courage is not the absence of fear, and rather it is the judgment that something is more important than fear”. Even though I was afraid to go, something was pulling me. I don’t know what it was, may be, my passion for traveling and gaining as much experience as I can.

The passion for travelling was lurking in me, and sometimes loitering around the verandahs of my mind. I knew that it was once in a lifetime. So without further ado, in the midst of upheaval, I decided to board the train with expectations for an experience that will bring a twist in my life.


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