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Even though no one could have imagined the exact magnitude of the big decision being taken on August 5, days before, there were definite signs of a big churn in Kashmir. Gusts of air about it had started flowing in our direction a few weeks before the announcement actually came.

The journalistic circles were abuzz with speculation but no one knew exactly what was coming. A lot of officers from the police and the administration would call and express their helplessness and anxiety because even they had very little idea about what exactly lay ahead.

Much before the announcement came, people in Kashmir knew something big was coming. (Photo: Reuters)

When the government announced that the Amaranth Yatra was being suspended and tourists already in the valley were advised to leave immediately, the gravity of the situation hit us. Having lived in the valley and seen several shades of turmoil, people here have inadvertently learnt to deal with them. This is perhaps why Kashmiris started hoarding essentials right then.

In the first few days of August, anxious people had started queuing up outside petrol pumps and grocery stores.

At home, I had told the family........

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