Srinagar is everything that the clichés tell you, but better…..I have always had trouble explaining to people why I’ve never been to Kashmir. My confession has always elicited the same incredulous look that says, ‘Oh! Then you have seen nothing’. I have been to several splendidly beautiful places on this planet; how much more heavenly can this Kashmir be, I have often wondered.
And now that I am here, on a solo, be-a-companion-unto-yourself kind of trip, I cannot summon the right words to describe it. Jannat, paradise pop into my head, words that have become synonymous with Kashmir. But I wait for a less clichéd mot juste to strike my brain.