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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 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 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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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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

In a world where everything is connected to the internet from your smartphone to your refrigerator, e-commerce has come as a boon, right from...

“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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