The Floating Vegetable Market of Srinagar, is a place where Kashmiris living within the Dal lake buy their daily fruit and vegetable supplies. Dal is an urban lake, which is the second largest in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. It is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and is named the "Lake of Flowers", "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel".  The lake is also an important source for commercial operations in fishing and water plant harvesting. Early morning sight of vegetable vendors selling fruits and vegetables on their boats is a beautiful one to embrace.  Life unfolds as usual in Dal Lake, Srinagar, even though the nearby areas are troubled by repeated insurgency and other political chaos. Shot in 1993 by Abul Kalam Azad, this photograph reminds one of the serene, and beautiful landscape that Kashmir is and the indomitable spirit of its people. 

Floating market of Dal Lake, 1993

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  • Abul Kalam Azad is an Indian visual artist and photographer based in Kerala. His works are largely personal explorations and documentation of experiences, and memories of his native land, people, and their culture. They deal with issues of identity, ethics, micro/macro history, and eroticism. His works have exhibited Nationally/Internationally in reputed museums and galleries. He has received Charles Wallace Award in the year 1996 and recognized by the French government through a scholarship grant. He is a recipient of grants from the Government of India and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). He is the founder of Ekalokam Trust for Photography and Editor-in-chief of PhotoMail Online magazine.