Thursday, April 24, 2008


The picture of the Nigeen Lake, Srinagar was taken while sipping tea in a houseboat. I was told there was once a time when the entire lake had about half dozen tourists. There was a time when it was impossible to cross the bridge over the Jhelum to go from one part of the city to the other. There was a time when people used to return to their homes before dusk - as if they were in prison.

But today things have vastly changed. As the day gives way to the night, the number of lights that go on in the houseboats indicate the growing number of visitors. That bridge is now chocablock with cars. And Srinagar's night life is back to normal. I had a fantastic traditional 'Wazwaan' meal at dinner time and not at dusk before heading back to my hotel.

Time for full bloom! (Pic above - at Mughal Prince Dara Shikho's Pari Mahal)