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An Eid With No Internet Ban – Eid Mubarak!

Waking up to the chink of crockery, the first thing we do on waking up on Eid is to grab our phones and check for Internet connectivity (nevermind, this is a daily routine for a Kashmiri). The heartbeats become abnormal as the Instagram refuses...

A Rendezvous In The Troubled Land – Kashmir

"All the boys of our village are deciding to stage protests at the main Chowk in the evening", said Fatima Aunty beginning a daily routine of discussions about the “tehreek”. “Why should they not? It is our movement.” Rahim khan spoke with air of pride. “Khoday...

The Dark Side

As I drove towards the Jamia Masjid, the guards at the checkpoint in Hawal wouldn’t let people pass. It’s futile to talk sense into the concertina wire tenants. Somethings don’t change, as much as we try. I parked my car nearby. With my torn shoes,...

Koshur Rachhav – Decolonising Our Mother Tongue

A couple of months ago, I started to translate the popular Kashmiri folk songs. During the translation of the songs, one of the problems that I faced was that many of the popular songs were nice to hear but I was clueless about the...

Haunting Memories From The Crackdown

In the mirror, he could see the calendar hanging on the wall behind him. He could even see the hole beside the calendar. He changed his angle of vision and now he could see the corner of the room- bare and pale. He kept...

To Resist Is To Exist

50 years ago, the revolutionary masterpiece The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. To mark the anniversary, the film has been restaured and CG Entertainment launched a campaign to published this new edition (in Italian)....

I Am Wazwan and I Am Always Late

As you all know my name is Wazwan which is served in Kashmir on special occasions, like on marriage ceremonies, on engagement ceremonies, on special functions and now also have the dubious distinction of being served in mourning ceremonies which is known as ‘Czoorim...

Not Many Know About Fidel Castro’s Bonds With Kashmir

Kashmir will remember Fidel Castro as a person who dispatched Henry Reeve Contingent during Kashmir Earthquake in 2005. A group of 2400 physicians and paramedical staff. They made 18 hour long 36 flight sorties, established 32 field hospitals, conducted 5925 surgeries. 30 amputee Kashmiris...

13 Weird Things That Can Get You Arrested In Kashmir

Arrests in Kashmir over petty issues aren't uncommon. Where children as young as 12 can be charged with sedition and forces who are accused of human rights' violations have impunity under law, nothing is going to be surprising. Below we enlist a few weird reasons...

A Half Widow And Her Family – Stories Of Hope And Despair

22 November 2015, while driving back home from a marriage ceremony of my friend it was 9:30 pm when I found someone lying on a street with his head completely dumped into a filthy drain. At first, I thought it is someone dead there,...

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Kamran Yousuf

Kamran Yousuf caught between baseless charges and failed journalist fraternity

On 4 September 2017, Kamran Yousuf a freelance photojournalist working for leading local daily Greater Kashmir, received a call from the local police station...

Report: India to throttle internet in Kashmir to curb online dissent

According to a report in a Jammu-based newspaper the Daily Times, administration is planning to throttle internet speed to curb dissent. The report quotes a...

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...

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...
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