This is how People reacted when @JmuKmrPolice cops this evening parked their vehicle in the premises of SMHS hospital #Srinagar and made an announcement that they will distribute shoes free of cost.
Yesterday I was at #Jaisalmer fort and I was wondering how we dress and look says do much about us.
Like most people can look at me and say I am South Indian, given my skin tone, hair, face structure etc. Many did. Some even could say that i was from Kerala while I put them in categories and subcategories.
On this trip I also wore a big red bindi and given I am a woman in her late 30s, most assumed I am married.
I spent a lot of time drawing yesterday, and most of the security guards, asked me - where is bhaiya? And when I replied - I was travelling alone, almost everyone wanted to know if I don't get bored. I don't. In fact I like a lot of people-free time.
Am mostly a friendly person and start conversations with just about anybody. Most people assume I am looking for friendships but I love short, transient connections with random strangers whom I will never see again .
Anyway, I digressed. Today, I drew men I met in the fort yesterday. I had profiled them even before we started talking.
My tourist guide, second if you swipe, was a Brahmin. His caste indicator was the sikha शिखा; lock of hair, left on top or on the back of the head. As we walked around the temples he also mentioned his caste.
Next was a guard in the armoury section of the fort. I almost confused him for a tourist because he was in a woollen #Phiran. Phiran is
the traditional outfit for men and women in #Kashmir and is a long loose cloak with pockets almost extending upto the ankle. This was such a clear indicator of the region he came from that I had to talk to him. He said he was from #Srinagar. He asked me if I had gone to Kashmir for the Amaranth yatra, I told him I had gone to work with kids.
The next person I met, I knew he belonged to the North East of India, when I checked with him, he said he was from #Manipur.
The last gaurd I met was an old man with thick, starched mustache and a red turban. I knew he was a local. He and I chatted a lot and shared cranberries. He even looked at my rough sketches and smiled. In the evening when I was roaming around in the market, I ran into him again and he gave big broad smile.
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#Naeem#launches#helicopter#service on #Srinagar-#Kargil sector
#KARGIL, July 16: Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar today launched maiden commercial helicopter service between Kargil and Srinagar for the locals and the tourists.
Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali, CEC LAHDC (Kargil) Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, Vice Chairman KVIB Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, Director Tourism Kashmir, Mehmood Ahmad Shah and other senior officers of the district administration Kargil and Tourism Department were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the operation of a regular helicopter service between Srinagar and Kargil would not only be of immense relief for the locals, but will also help boost the tourism activity in the desert district which has some of the spectacular places to showcase to the world.
He hailed the Tourism Department for the maiden initiative and said that the Department should now work on developing a dedicated helipad for operation of regular chopper sorties to and from Kargil. The Minister said that the district administration should identify a suitable patch of land for the helipad to be developed by the Tourism Department.
Speaking about the chopper service, Director Tourism Kashmir, Mehmood Ahmad Shah said that the department has already started helicopter service for Gurez valley and has now extended the facility for Kargil. He said each passenger travelling between Srinagar and Kargil would be charged Rs 4500 while Rs 3000 would be charged for Gurez and the operation of the helicopter sorties would be subject to availability of passengers and weather conditions.
The Director Tourism said that in Srinagar, office of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and Tourism Department would be the nodal agency for issuance of helicopter tickets for Kargil and Gurez while in Kargil office of Deputy Commissioner Kargil would be the nodal agency for issuance of tickets.
The locals of Kargil have hailed the initiative of the Government which they said has fulfilled the long pending demand of the people of the area. They said it will help boost the tourism and economic activity in the area.