From Heemal to Hilton - The Kashmir Story

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The book is a memoir of an officer who once headed the Regional Passport office in Srinagar. It is a fascinating account of experiences; with stories that subtly throws light on how militancy impacted differently on different people. Amongst the stories is author’s poignant recounting on how painstakingly-built Government of India office was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes in a militant-related incident. The book also inspires readers with tales of triumph of the human spirit – when two hostile neighbours grabbed an opportunity to give peace a chance through the start of passenger bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad.

Chronicled in firsthand account, the book is peppered with personal trials and heartwarming anecdotes, presenting rare insight about people in different walks of life in the Kashmir valley. It is a useful supplement to understanding the valley and its people a little deeper.

About the Author: John S. Shilshi is a retired IPS officer from Manipur. Trained in Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism, he led the elite civil police commando unit from 1992 to 2000, when insurgency was at its peak, and the state was considered as the hottest theatre of conflict in the region. His first book, “Vale of Tears – Untold Stories of Violence in Manipur” was the recollection of incidents that he handled as a Police officer, while serving in Manipur. During his stint in the Central Government between December 2000 and March 2018, Mr. Shilshi served in the MHA, MEA, the Intelligence Bureau, and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). He is a recipient of three Gallantry Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, and a Distinguished Service Medal, from the President of India. He has also edited “Bonds Beyond Border”, a project of BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation in 2008. He writes on security and social issues, and tweets at @johnshilshi. He can also be reached at


  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: White Falcon Publishing; 1 edition (2022)
  • Author: John S. Shilshi
  • ISBN-13: 9781636404547
  • Product Dimensions:  5.5 x 1 x 8.5 Inch

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