a land - beautiful, yet shrouded in pain and defeat. a land where flowers grow only to wither away.

I visited Kashmir in 2016 and was able to experience one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The land? pristine. The people? Kind. the reality? Far from what is portrayed. My experiences over a few days of traveling in Kashmir quickly negated any expectations of mine based on media portrayals and reframed the region to be anything but. However, the Kashmir I saw was an exhausted one. Tired of decisions being forced upon them. Tired of being shown in only one light in media. Tired of being a political piece caught in between two warring nations.

I hope one day… that Kashmir can be itself.