Innumerable tragic stories emerge from regions afflicted with conflict, and Indian-administered Kashmir is no exception. But there are a few who use their misfortune to turn things around for others. Javed Ahmad Tak is one such individual. The 37-year-old’s life changed on 21 March, 1997, when, as a 21-year old college senior majoring in science, he decided to visit his uncle’s place not far from his home. A resident of Bijbehara town in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, he was never the same after that visit.