I am looking through the viewfinder of my camera wondering if the light is strong enough to take pictures when a voice accosts me from behind, “Take a picture of us as well janab!” Faiz Ahmed is a shepherd from
valley. In the three summer months he brings his herd to Pehelgam. In a week’s time, he will proceed to Chandanwari, where he will offer his services as a porter to the pilgrims travelling to the holy caves of Amarnath. He likes being photographed and wonders if I can give him the one taken by me. The next morning, I am unable to find his camp.