In the third decade of the 21st century, several villages in Pulwama need to cross the Jhelum by a boat to connect with the outer world. In absence of a bridge, Qaedir Kak has been their sole pilot for decades.
Ghulam Qadir has been rowing this boat for people across the River Jhelum for a lifetime.
The elderly boatman has been carrying thousands across the river daily, for the last 40 years.
In absence of a bridge, the number keeps increasing and so does his tirelessness
Known as Qaedir Kak by the locals, the boatman has been catering to several villages around the river crossing.
During their long wait for the bridge, prolonged by the government’s indifference, Qadir has been the best pilot for the locals.
Like his neighbours, Qadir is ready to welcome the near-completion bridge but he has his share of fear.
He wants the bridge somehow not to snatch his decades-long livelihood along with his years-old passengers.