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An open letter by a Kashmiri from New York

Dear fellow Kashmiris, I’m writing this letter from New York, a place far away, yet so close to everything. This city can make you forget, by filching reality away from you. But it also reminds you perpetually, by bringing you close to a different reality,...

The word Pakistan was first used by a Kashmiri journalist

After Pakistan's independence, it was believed that the word Pakistan was coined by Chowdhary Rahmat Ali. In fact, he is known by many as 'بانیٔ تحریکِ پاکستان، خالق لفظ پاکستان'. The architect of Pakistan's freedom movement and the creator of the word Pakistan. مشہور صحافی...

Color Obsession, Stereotypes and Racism

The obsession with fair colour in Kashmir is a sad aspect of our society, which at times takes the ugly form of racism. What makes it worse, is the way it’s ignored and accepted by people. There will be a lot of such instances...

A Fateful Morning

I was driving back to home from my workplace, located on the wedge of a mountain range in the southern districts of Kashmir. On the way back, I could see the picturesque paddy fields, a bunch of apple orchards and a cluster of Katcha mud-brick...

Kerala based hackers claim they found ISIS sympathisers in Kashmir. How true is that?

A few weeks ago, a group of ‘Ethical Hackers’ based in Kerala has claimed to collect data from alleged ISIS sympathizers in Kashmir. The group has claimed to collect data from alleged ISIS sympathizers in Kashmir. According to a report in Mail Today, the group...

So must have been she!

Sometimes days turn into nights and nights spilled into months and we hadn’t seen each other. I knew she wouldn’t venture out; neither did I wait for her glimpse near her house. Sometimes I knew curfew was the villain of our love, so were the...

One Last Goodbye

One fine Friday morning, miles away from home, I woke up to a few missed calls and a “Call me back” text from my brother. Any untimely or apparently urgent call from home can make you go weak in the legs. Now this was...

When it snows red

I opened the curtains and watched the thick, heavy snowflakes falling without an end. Cold metallic bullets sailed amidst swirling, silent snowflakes. Outside frozen streets shrouded in silence, whispered tales of broken hearts. Under the pale yellow glow of the lamp-light, dogs barking on the sudden silence...

A blot on the largest democracy?

  Mohammad Afzal Guru, which is not impecunious of any introduction is both a hero and a terrorist in the eyes of the people living in the same country. Accused of being one of the convicts of the incompetent terrorist attack that struck the Indian...

Afzal Zinda Hai

Afzal Guru
I was stealing glances on my wristwatch. Outside my friends were waiting. They were out with Kites and spools. I could figure out signals made in many codes by my friend’s; urging me to emerge. But my father was staying at home...

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Rozdari is here, What does it hold for Kashmiris?

It is that time of the year again. Rozdars will be pretty delighted. Scores of lamb will be slaughtered in the back-alleys of Srinagar, limbs...

Six Exceptional Instagrammers from Kashmir

Tired of refreshing your timeline and finding the same old pictures? The same old quotes. Same old sketches. You tapped the right link. Scroll down...

Madhosh Balhami responds to a tribute to his lost poems

مدہوش بالہامی بنامِ زابرہ فاضلی تاریخ۔ 12 اپریل 2018 زابرہ میری بیٹی اے میری نورِ بصر مرہمِ زخمِ جگر میرے لٸے ہیں تیرے جزبات ایسا لگتا ہے کہ...

Kashmir’s Asaram Bapu that no one wants to talk about

Year 2002, I was 14, when my uncle came across Aijaz Sheikh, also known as Aijaz Molvi, who claimed to have memorised the Quran....
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