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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 205

Journey beyond the realm of wildest imagination

Date of Web Publication24-May-2019

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. Journey beyond the realm of wildest imagination. Neurol India 2019;67, Suppl S2:205

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. Journey beyond the realm of wildest imagination. Neurol India [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Oct 4];67, Suppl S2:205. Available from:

This picture has been contributed by Dr. Sajad Arif, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

The yearning for exploring nature's mysteries and the brave exploits of the adventurous who tread this path do extract their price. Here is a photograph that proved to be a pictorial obituary...Clicked during a mid-winter venture to Maame Neth, a threehour trek from the famed wildlife sanctuary, Dachigam, in Kashmir, this picture has a poignant association. The picture was clicked in the early morning after an overnight stay in minus 12 degrees centigrade at the place where we had reached after a backbreaking trek through four feet of high snow. The location commands a panoramic view of the Srinagar city and the Dal Lake but on this misty winter morning, the visibility was pretty low and the view was obscured by clouds and the fog. As we were contemplating the bleakness around us, suddenly the clouds thinned and the sun shone through them for a few minutes. I grabbed the opportunity and captured the moment. Several months later when I was browsing through my picture gallery, my hand froze when this picture came up. The reaction was related to the man in the maroon jacket who is walking away from the camera towards the precipice or the horizon. Known as the 'Mountain Man of Kashmir', Adil Shah, had climbed almost all of the tallest peaks in Kashmir and trekked to 140 plus Alpine lakes. It was he who had organised this trek which was also part of his preparations for scaling the 17,799 feet (5,425 metres) Kolahoi peak. Months later, he did scale the peak, and then while coming down, was hit by a rock avalanche which killed him. The mountain held his body in an unyielding embrace for two days, as harsh weather conditions thwarted all attempts to retrieve it. The body was finally recovered by the same pilot who had rescued him four years back from an ice floe that had broken off from the glacier and gone adrift in the Kounsarnag lake. Looking at the picture, I could not help feeling as if my camera had some sort of premonition about his walking away from the rest of us. A déjà vu moment! This photograph has been taken with Nikon 5200,18-55mm, ISO 100,18mm,f/8,1/400


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