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An Open Letter To The People Of Pakistan On Their Independence Day – From A Kashmiri

Dear citizens of the neighbouring country, Pakistan, we love you; we love your cricket team even more. From where I come from, my love for your country and its cricket team is often dealt with punishments. Sometimes expulsion from the universities, sometimes jail, sometimes...

An Open Letter To Burhan Wani

Dear Burhan, Ex-commander Hizb-ul-Mujahideen You're dead; so they are saying. My letter won't reach to you, I know, but let me hope this flies through the air and find you in the skies. I hope--that's the least we Kashmiris could do. Pictures from Burhan's funeral. Source: Indian...

Mondana Bashid – May You Never Be Tired

A concert in Manchester; an ice cream parlour in Baghdad; a fun Saturday evening in the heart of London; a busy crossroad, a demonstration and a funeral in Kabul. Tens if not hundreds of people dead or wounded. And all this without considering what...

A Letter To Emperor Jehangir From A Kashmiri

With due regards from harsh winters and bijli oops that bijli always plays go went gone games since Kashmir happened to be your paradise. Your majesty, emperor Jahangir, you had said when you had been kinging around the courtyards of my home, Kashmir, that: “If...

An Open Letter To The Protestor

Another bloody day draped in melancholic haze knocks Kashmir as usual; investing dead sons of the soil beneath the ground for a cause sacred to most of the Kashmiris. Three militants and two civilians have been killed by the brawny military men in two...

An Open Letter To The People Of Kashmir – From Lahore, Pakistan

When I used to wake up every morning in the peaceful and comforting air of my home, I always tried to find peace of mind, too. Alas! I failed to find it for a long time, until now. Just like the heart, our mind...

This Letter By A Principal To His Staff After The Bloody Uprising Is A Must Read

This year Kashmir witnessed one of its bloodiest uprisings in which over 110 people were killed, most of them students. Every society has torch bearers who show the light and help us overcome immense sorrow. G N Aali, prominent Educationist and principal of Green...

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Yarbal – Storytelling Session With The Kehwa Warmth Amid Blazing Chinars

"I love to see the glow on your faces when you speak on something passionate about." These were the words of Shah Iflah, one...

Let’s Meet At Yarbal: Special Storytelling Session In Shalimar Gardens

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9 Facts About Iqbal’s Kashmiri Roots And His Strong Bond With The Land

Allama Iqbal's Kashmiri lineage is well known. What's more interesting is that Iqbal always took pride in this. Kashmir, back then, was suffering under...
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