Memories

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...

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,...

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...

Rakshak Aayi – Summer Diaries From 2016

She is cursed at the very first sight. Profanities welcome her. She is battered with stones and bruised with every possible thing that comes in sight; shoe, wrinkled log of wood, bottle - whatever in sight. She deserves that. She is a terror. She...

India Pakistan Matches Haunt This Mother Who Lost Her Son

India-Pakistan matches create a unique atmosphere in Kashmir. You'll notice people huddled together outsides shops, watching every single ball with utter keenness, come what may. The high-voltage Indo-Pak clash in Champions Trophy has raised the cricket fever, like the rest of sub-continent, to a...

Photo Story: Death In Family

I was sixteen years old when I lost my grandfather after he met an accident. This was the first death in my family, and it hit me like real bad. I made no eye contacts with any of my family members for weeks that followed. After...

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...

Graves of Dolls – An Obituary For Kaneeza

16 March 2017 Little Kaniza, I am writing your obituary (and it is such a terrible thing to say!). I don’t know the circumstances of your death; I just know that you were 7. Seven. Journalists are still to write longish pieces about the events on...

Children’s Day Special: The Death Of Childhood In Kashmir

14th of November, birthday of Pt. Nehru, the day which over a billion people celebrate as Children's Day. Here's an analysis of how childhood and its other aspects have been going on in Kashmir over the last few decades. *** No child is unharmed in Kashmir. *** Very often,...

Basit’s Final Blog-For Enjoying Nature We Need An Identity Card

Basit Rasool, in his 20s, a former student of civil engineering at Kashmir's Islamic University turned rebel, was martyred in the early hours of morning during a brief gunfight with Indian occupation forces. Following is the last piece that he wrote for his blog...

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