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Khan, hailing from Dardkote village in Kupwara district, was among 35 children sponsored by the Army to tour the places of cultural and historical importance in the country under `Operation Sangam' from November 28-December 15, 2003.
``I have been longing to see the sea (Mumbai), Taj Mahal and the Qutub Minar. It is yet to sink in that... I will be at these places which I have seen in pictures and read about in the books,'' Khan, a ninth class student, said.
Khan said it would not have been possible for him to undertake such a tour as his father, a village numberdar, was not in a position to afford the expenses.
Echoing similar feelings, another ninth grader Tahir Mohiuddin Shiekh, from a village in Uri, said his father, a school teacher, is just able to meet the expenses of the ten family members. Travelling out of the state would be a luxury.
Shiekh, who is last of the eight siblings, said his aim would be to understand the cultural diversity of other places and how people live there.
``I have heard a lot about people of other places... Now I want to test that and see how much of it is true," he added. -- PTI
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