rinagar: Even as Kashmir gears up to celebrate Eid al Adha it will take some time for the valley to truly recover from the floods that nearly ravaged the state. But gritty Srinagar residents are making the best of what they can. Kashmir will bounce back on its feet, they say.
Mohammad Muzaffar has run his business in Srinagar for the last 4 decades – but the floods almost detroyed his shop. Today, as he gets busy to clean his store, he invokes the Kashmiri spirit of fighting back.
“I am a shopkeeper here for last 4 decades. We have seen everything. Bombs, blasts but the damage in 2014 is colossal. But by the grace of Allah, we will come out of this too,” Muzaffar said.
Eid this year may be a far cry from the colours and festivities of the past but traders in Central Lal chowk are not giving up. The youth of the city who risked their lives in the rescue operations are confident they will get Srinagar back on its feet.
Shanawaz Ahmad said, “We should not sit back at home, that will make us depressed. Kashmir will bounce back.”
The old part of the city which was untouched by the floods is now emerging as a new market for Eid shoppers. Even though celebrations are limited, people have pledged to work hard to help Srinagar regain its former glory.
Ruhail Ahmad, a Srinagar resident said, “Inshallah, Lal chowk will shine again.”