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Agha Shahid Ali – The Poet Forgotten

I flipped through their visions Left my number in their sleep But no one called back I called all night, Called for years, Called till their lids began to ring, Ten, twenty, two hundred times, And then they went blind On my dreams Now their eyes don’t open No one picks up the phone How...

Remembering Agha Shahid Ali

“Let me cry out in that void, say it as I can. I write on that void: Kashmir, Kaschmir, Cashmere, Qashmir, Cashmir, Cashmire, Kashmere, Cachemire, Cushmeer, Cachmiere, Casmir. Or Cauchemar in a sea of stories? Or: Kacmir, Kaschemir, Kachmire, Kasmir. Kerseymere?” (Ali, The Veiled Suite 171) Torn between his...

Talking Point: Meet The Man Behind The Viral Video

Stanislas Giroux made a visually appealing video on Kashmir that went viral on the social media. The 3-minute video showed various aspects of Kashmir and has been positively received and acclaimed for an honest viewpoint by various audiences. Watch Video KASHMIR — A Lost Paradise...

The Story of A Mother In A Conflict Zone, Kashmir

It was the time around mid 90’s. A woman dropped her children at the school. One was in pre-nursery and the elder one in class One. The school was a few miles away from their home. After dropping them she went to see a...

I Was Four Month’s Pregnant When They Killed Him

Colourful Colourless Mornings What is the colour of mornings? All hues in a passing. Red like his blood-drenched clothes. Pale like his lifeless face. Black like the smoke of people gathering around. Wailing. Shouting. Raging. Green like the flag raised on his adeau. Oh, it burns...

This Kashmiri Police Constable Quit His Job For The Sake Of Conscience

Rayees said he can bear anything but cannot see his conscience die inside of him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RB0K7FSn08 A video of a constable announcing his resignation from the Jammu and Kashmir police on the "call of his conscience" against the violence in the valley, has gone viral on...

An Eid With No Internet Ban – Eid Mubarak!

Waking up to the chink of crockery, the first thing we do on waking up on Eid is to grab our phones and check for Internet connectivity (nevermind, this is a daily routine for a Kashmiri). The heartbeats become abnormal as the Instagram refuses...

Manufactured Eid Mubarak From Kashmir

This Bakra-Eid is unlike last year’s Eid. Just a few hours ago Mr Sheep and Mr Goat landed at our house, unwillingly, unwittingly, separated from their families, herd, tribe, caste, and nation unaware of their sacrifice that will accompany our sacrifice and together we please...

Studying In A Tin Shed: The Story Of Our Own Failure Under The Shadow Of White Collar Crime

It was a rainy day in the month of April. I was on vacations, talking to my friends on the road side when I saw something that touched me. I was really moved when I saw two kids writing A,B,C on the muddy road...

Rise Of Mental Health Problems In The Valley

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and Xuhaib was on an assignment to cover clashes in the downtown area of Srinagar. Xuhaib,30, had been covering conflict as a photo journalist for the last 5 years. He was just around 500 meters from his home...

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8-Year-Old Abducted For A Week, Raped And Now Murdered In Kathua; Family Alleges Non-Seriousness...

Asifa Bano, an 8-year-old girl went missing at around noon when her father went out to take horses for water. Their eight-year-old daughter was...

The Need of Spoken Word In Kashmir

Recently, on 10 January there was an open mic event at Tagore Hall organized by KathBath in collaboration with Yourquote India. It started after...

Are Indian soldiers in Kashmir victims of their circumstances?

It was the second month of my stay at Parraypora. It was all different from my serene village. Honking of vehicles, dust from the...

Protected: Why Wikipedia on Kashmir is unreliable

Kousain Qadri is an Arts student at a college in Srinagar. For her, research is an important aspect of her studies. Like any other...
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