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About Zero Bridge ~ Lynn Chandkok

About Zero Bridge

My father, Vijay Chandhok, took this photo in Srinagar, Kashmir sometime in the early 1970s. He had it enlarged, and the four by six foot print hung over the fireplace in the living room of our house in Pittsburgh, where I grew up. The photo became a sort of marker for all that we missed about Kashmir once violence erupted there again in 1989. In spring of 2007, my aunt casually informed us that the picture could not have been taken from Zero Bridge. In fact, when I returned to Srinagar in June 2007, for the first time in 25 years, it was clear that I had loved the name “Zero Bridge” too much: there is no boat landing under Zero Bridge. The picture was probably taken from Amira Kadal.

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Book Cover for The View From Zero Bridge