Asia & Pacific
As he surveyed his largely deserted village along India's border with Pakistan, Kuldeep Singh cast his mind to his childhood when his home was on the frontline of a full-blown war between the two arch rivals.
"All of this reminds me of when I was a boy back in 1971 and I can now understand what my father must have felt like sending me away to live with his relatives back then," said the father-of-three.
"My wife and kids are already getting restless to come back home after three days. I'm also missing them but we don't yet know what's going to happen, so it's better to wait another day or two."
The 54-year-old farm laborer sent his wife and three children to live with relatives after a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two nuclear armed-rivals this week which saw India carry out a series of strikes on the Pakistani side of the de facto border in divided Kashmir.
The evacuation order was delivered over the loudspeaker from the local gurdwara (temple) in what is a mainly Sikh village.
The Singh family's village of Naushera Dhalla in the northern Punjab state is around 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Sikh holy city of Amritsar and barely a kilometer from the border.
Like Kashmir, Punjab was also divided between India and Pakistan when both gained their independence at the end of British colonial rule seven decades ago and parts of the state became battlefields when the two countries went to war in 1965 and most recently in 1971.
While India says it has no desire for a further escalation in the situation, it has nevertheless ordered thousands of villagers to move away from the border in case they once again become a theatre of war.
While most of Naushera Dhalla's 4,500 residents have sought shelter elsewhere, a few male residents have stayed behind to look after their land and livestock and protect their property from potential looters.
Speaking to an AFP correspondent while huddled in the center of the village, those who have remained all said they felt they couldn't afford to do otherwise but had no illusions about what was at stake.