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“I Want To Celebrate Our Own Independence Day”

August 14, 2017 I woke up to the alarm on my sister's phone, she had to go to school. "It's off today", I said to her in my sleep. She asked again. "Since 3 rebels and 2 young boys were killed by Indian army yesterday...

Bringing Back The Lost Paradise, Kashmir

Prague, Czech Republic “Tu mera noor he Tu mera he fakhar Zakhmi he thoda, thoda ziddi Kashmir, yeh lahu luhaan pal tu thode or seh le, Majboor hun kayar nahi, magar sach se mein bekhabar nahi” -Nikhil Kapahi Tonight, it’ll be 53 days since I departed from the most soulful place,...

A Jar Full Of Home

A post shared by Kayehaan (@kayehaan) on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:45am PDT The weather in this part of the world was brutal, just like most other places which weren’t Kashmir. And if you were from the mountains and had been living...

9 Incidents Where Indian Courts Set Free The Guilty

A couple of days ago, a military court suspended life sentence punishments against six of army personnel accused of cold blooded muder of 3 youth in Macchil. The fake encounter was proved by their own investigations. Here we analyse more of such instances when justice...

Alleys Of Downtown

An alley of downtown: long but not so long, knotted, wearing light brown rusty caps, exhaling cool shadows, history reclining and sighing, future floating, living history staring and smoking out of historic houses with windows of cold archives in attics-staring down at alley and...

Shopping For My Wedding In 2016 In Kashmir

It was Tuesday of 13th September 2016 when I along with my maternal uncle went to buy few items of luggage for my marriage which was going to be held in the last week of the same month. We reached Bohri Kadal, Srinagar at...

‘Kuka…..Wini cha Zulm’? Oppression In Kashmir

(Kuka…Is there oppression in Kashmir now?) Recently, I watched a red-color car struggling to get through the snow-ridden road opposite to the gate of our home. The driver, with the bald head and our neighbour, found it extremely difficult to control the steering of...

Children Of Paradise – Dead Or Alive? Awake Or In Slumber?

Too much talk of children these days - children on the streets, children in homes, children unable to go to school, children blinded by pellets, children under trauma, the career of children and much more horrifying news. At one hand we have future of...

A Festival Inside Four Walls

I could hear the noise saying the moon was sighted. Joy all around, the festival was tomorrow and I wasn't excited. I stared at the moon, they all found it jubilant and bright. It was so quiet and too dark for me, felt like...

When Jinnah Spoke at Jamia Masjid Kashmir [With Video]

  The Quaid rose to speak from the Jamia at 10 in the night. It was the night of June 17, 1944. The audience jubilated and excited to see Quiad speak. Caps and were turbans flying in air. It is learnt that Sheikh Abdullah, Bakshi...

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Six Ways To Stop ‘Braid-Chopping’ Incidents In Kashmir

With over hundred cases of braid-chopping in Kashmir, the incidents have not only created hysteria but also fear in the masses. The government that...

Braid Chopping – Women’s Voices from Downtown

It seems as if the Kashmiris haven’t had enough yet! The bullets and pellets now have a partner in crime to haunt poor valleyites...

Downtown Locks Doors To Braid Chopper

The braid chopper is here... It is neither a supernatural power nor a witch or a ghost. The pattern of it is that as soon...

The Love Birds Of Dystopia

She smacked the table and left the thud restless. This is the beat of her life too -- restless. She grabs her red sling bag...
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