It is under moments or times of duress and stress that people reveal themselves, both at individual and collective levels. Consider a quotidian example. Person A and B , both friends, colleagues or acquaintances are in roughly similar conditions. But, person A , suffers from a debt crisis. He needs money immediately. But, person B’s financial condition, even though slightly better than A, is not too great. Yet he gives(lends) person A the money. This constitutes generosity, and a compassionate nature. In a different permutation, condition and context, this is what people in many parts of Kashmir are doing to those hapless people stranded on the Srinagar Jammu highway. Thousands of these people are being helped and taken care of by total strangers. People have set up eateries, and are giving their heart, time and attention to people who need it the most. This is Kashmir in its real spirit and nature , something that the people of the region demonstrated all too eloquently during and in the aftermath of the 2014 devastating floods. Generally speaking, in ordinary circumstances, when people help people, they know, it is not too notable. But, when help and assistance is accorded to total strangers in distress, this is extraordinary. To repeat, this is Kashmir and its people. But, there is a note of caution to be injected here. While Kashmiris are known for their hospitality and generous nature, but over time, these noble qualities have, owing to obvious reasons, somewhat diminished. But, that these exist and come to the fore when needed is another eloquent testimony to the fact that we are and remain a generous and compassionate people. Our collective incubus have been Islam and its great doyens who brought the great religion to Kashmir and both emphasize upon and enjoin developing these stellar and noble qualities. And , it is to these that we must remain wedded to, on matter what. In a world that has become mean and rather ungenerous , we Kashmiris must not only be what we are but be as beacons for others through our compassion and generosity. But, yet again, a note of sobriety is warranted here. These moments when our nature comes to the fore must remain in ordinary times too. That is, during the normal course of life too. Society must be such that it must be acutely sensitive to compassion all the time. It is this ideal we must aspire for!