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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 The People Of India On Their Independence Day – From A Kashmiri

Dear people of India, happy 70 years of Independence. Congratulations on your freedom (Azaadi) from a foreign occupation. You fought the British bravely and made colonialism end, once and for all, apparently. Dear Indian citizen, this letter is addressed to you from a land which...

Article 35A: An Open Letter To Omar Abdullah

Dear Mr Abdullah, I would like to draw your attention regarding your statement about Article 35A wherein you accused Hurriyat Conference of dividing people of J&K and having a habit of muddying the waters. You also said that they(the Hurriyat) have nothing to do with...

“Dear Zaira,” An Open Letter To Zaira Wasim

Dear Zaira Zaira, my heart goes out to you. Reasons, many. If I could, I would wrap my arms around you and hold you close to my bosom because a warm hug is all a child of your age needs at times like these. I,...

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India Does Not Want The Happenings In Kashmir To Be Known Internationally: French Journalist

On Tuesday evening, the court ordered the release of the French journalist Paul Comiti. The award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker was detained by the...

Bringing Lalchowk On Your Fingertips

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“Dear Zaira,” An Open Letter To Zaira Wasim

Dear Zaira Zaira, my heart goes out to you. Reasons, many. If I could, I would wrap my arms around you and hold you close...

Photo Essay: The Floating Vegetable Market In Dal Lake

One fine cold winter morning, waking up at 6 AM the morning, I planned to visit the famous Floating Vegetable market in Dal Lake...
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