Springtime in Kashmir is fiction. Any resemblance of its characters to real people, living or dead, is accidental. With the exception of Delhi, Srinagar, and Kargil, the places depicted in the book do not exist. The venality of the Holz Overseas Trekking Service does not reflect the character of the individuals with whom I worked in India and Nepal. The events in the story might have happened, but are not based on any actual occurrences.