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  • Trying to collect facts about life style in the land we had to leave I have heard strange interesting frightening sad and touching incidents.
    My family had to migrate from Kashmir, still a disputed territory in the Northern Areas of the Indo- Pak sub continent soon after the partition of India in 1947.
    Bit by bit the sweet nostalgic horrifying memories have reached my diary.
    I know my father loved the outdoor life.While in Srinagar the capital city of Kashmir State he would often take his younger brothers and sisters to a favourite picnic spot the Island of Chaar Chinaars (4 Chinaar Trees) in the center of Dal Lake.
    Ice Cream with straw berries from the Bakers Ahdoo & Sons was the favourite item in the picnic basket followed by tea in the Samovaar.
    These picnics are unforgettable as is the ice cream taste...

    Narrated by my paternal aunt Mrs Nilofar Shahmiri popularly known as Niliphu.
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