with the fading refrain flows in sounds of squealing and giggling. It’s the voice of children from a world of gloom searching desperately for the stars.
Four-year-old Tashi is one such child. Miles away from the mountains which were once his home, Tashi seems comfortable in Pune. For him and 150 other children from Kashmir and Ladakh, the school is their world—home and playground. Tashi’s father, who was a civilian, worked informally for the army in Kargil before he died in action. Among his schoolmates are those whose parents died in the crossfire between militants and security forces. Some are even children of militants.