When I went back to the Srinagar airport and the tightest security checks I’ve ever been a part of, I had to linger outside the terminal before being allowed in for my gate to board the plane to Mumbai. An airport policeman approached me and asked me where I was from. When I told him, he checked his passenger logs, looked up to me and said, “You’re the American that we thought was taken hostage. Welcome to Kashmir my friend, we hope you can return again one day”. This was from a policeman. I thought of that Led Zeppelin song and pulled out my IPOD while I continued to wait for my flight. Those haunting and poignant lyrics never meant more than at this minute: my Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again. I love Kashmir. I will return again.


  1. Mark, I love Zeppelin…so I, of course, loved the paragraph! You are doing well, my friend!!!! Kudos!

  2. Thank you Sue, for all LZ fans out there!

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  7. Hi Mark… 🙂 Good words in your final paragraph
    I miss being able to visit your blogs.. 😀

    I was mesmerized by your description of the sites and sounds of India. I fell in love with Indian people, I was fortunate to have several close Indian friends and one man I love…
    i dream of traveling to India…
    India has got to be on my Bucket List. Best Wishes and thanks for putting ‘magic’ in my bucket..
    i would love to travel to india someday

  8. Hey Mark, its really nice to read this last paragraph here, hope to read soon what precedes this titillating part and how it starts and begins and everything.. this one was like you walking happily towards the sunset having accomplished and found what you were looking for in Kashmir.
    I have the read the first part, after it was lent to me by Mona 🙂
    I saw your autograph too so it was nice to get that book from you, hope to read from your autographed book again, the sequel to this book 😀

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  10. Dear Monia & Mach…thank you for your wonderful and insightful comments! Monia, I am sure when you get to India, you’ll have the time of your life…. And Mach, you are right, there is a lot leading up to this last paragraph 🙂 I hope to meet you two one day, in india….inshallah!

    cheers to you both, Mark

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