A post travel experience I'll never forget...

World is really small, well it has become small, thanks to technology.

I would like to share a very emotional incident that happened this weekend.
A small background first:
This is regarding my Himalayan trip last year where I had visited Kargil and a village near by named Akchamal.
I had taken several photos of the place and had shared those on flickr.com

Two months back:
On my flickr album I had got a comment on following photo of the village akchamal:


I had got comment from a flickr member. Following is the conversation I had with him on flickr:

Comments and faves

  1. IT is my village akchamal..
  2.  
    Glad to know that you are from the same village.
    I have some pictures of the kids from the Akchamal Village
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcbMSG9wetI/TI9KIEc8wYI/AAAAAAAAEgM/uhj3K0znCIo/s1600/Himalayas2010+333.jpg

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcbMSG9wetI/TI9K5QOfFYI/AAAAAAAAEgc/2GEtyOko-e8/s1600/Himalayas2010+336.jpg

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcbMSG9wetI/TI9LrsYvu4I/AAAAAAAAEgg/JjIB1M139fI/s1600/Himalayas2010+337.jpg
    Would it be possible for you to take a print out of these images and give it to the kids in the village. The kids wanted the photograph and unfortunately I couldn't send due to lack of full address.

As you can see above I had shared some pictures with him if by any chance he will be able to handover the photos to the kids though I thought it would be a long shot. I had decided to handover the photo myself to the kids when I next visit the place which would have taken a lot of time may be a year or two.

Cut to this weekend:
I was checking my email inbox when I spotted a message on flickr. It was from the same person, Iftikh, I opened the message and read it. Reading that message was a feeling that I cannot express in my words. For me at least it was very emotional. I showed it to my wife as well and told her the whole timeline. She also felt my emotions and said world is really small...

Following is the message from Iftikh:

From:


No real name given

Subject:

Re: Hello

thanks for the msg..wel i am going to kargil soon,
so i surely i will give the photograph to the kids,my two brothers also exist in your photos.
thanx man for visiting my valley kargil...


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Hello

6 Apr 11, 12.52AM PDT
Glad to know that you are from the same village.
I have some pictures of the kids from the Akchamal Village

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcbMSG9wetI/TI9KIEc8wYI/AAAAAAAAEgM/uhj3K0znCIo/s1600/Himalayas2010+333.jpg

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kcbMSG9wetI/TI9K5QOfFYI/AAAAAAAAEgc/2GEtyOko-e8/s1600/Himalayas2010+336.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kcbMSG9wetI/TI9LrsYvu4I/AAAAAAAAEgg/JjIB1M139fI/s1600/Himalayas2010+337.jpg

Would it be possible for you to take a print out of these images and give it to the kids in the village. 
The kids wanted the photograph and unfortunately I couldn't send due to lack of full address.

The thought that my trip actually brought happiness to other people too overwhelmed me and thought of sharing it. World is really small, I now realized.


I am really happy that the photos will reach their destination
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