Dawn, March 1990, Home, Srinagar, Kashmir
Mother: Hurry up! The truck is ready to leave. The neighbours are waiting. Look after your sister.
Me: Why aren’t you coming with us?
Mother: We will get you back once the situation improves.
Me: But what if…?
Mother: At least, both of you will be safe.
Night, May 1990, Camp for the Displaced, Jammu
Sister: I’m thirsty. Will you get me some cold water?
Me: Can’t you wait till tomorrow? The water tanker will come at 5 a.m.
Evening, October 1992, Camp School for the Displaced, Udhampur
Boy 1: What are you going to do after passing Class 12?
Me: I don’t know. What about you?
Boy 1: Engineering, so that I can get a good job and support my family.
Me: And what will you...