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  • A few years ago, I found myself in the northern Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. We had just gotten out of Jammu, where riots had broken out. For what reason, I don't recall. As with most riots, in the long run, the reasons are broadly religious, and specifically non-existent. We made our way to a place called Yousmarg.

    Quiet, idyllic. Beautiful.

    A metaphor for the two worlds around us -- that in which we live, and that which we yearn for.

    --

    I went back to the photograph on my flickr recently, prompted by a comment by Ms. R.
    And I went back to the quote I had paired with it.
    This one.
    It made sense all over.
    Perhaps 2012 will bridge that divide.

    “Dusk is just an illusion, because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are ... there cannot be one without the other, yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel, I remember wondering, to be always together, yet forever apart?”
    - Nicholas Sparks
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