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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...

A Journey From India To Kashmir

It was a hot summer day of 2010 when I was returning home from school. I was travelling in a public bus and when I reached Gojwara Chowk in downtown Srinagar, I remember I heard a few tear gas shots. I could sense the...

A Half Widow And Her Family – Stories Of Hope And Despair

22 November 2015, while driving back home from a marriage ceremony of my friend it was 9:30 pm when I found someone lying on a street with his head completely dumped into a filthy drain. At first, I thought it is someone dead there,...

“How I Was Killed When I Tried To Save My Brother” – Story of 21 Year Old Yasmeena Jan

My Name is Yasmeena, I am from Kashmir, nobody in the world understands what this means. On July 8th Moeen, my 7-year-old brother left the house a to join a protest. In Kashmir, everything is protest. Breathing is protest, our very existence is protest. Recently the valley has...

I Am Wazwan and I Am Always Late

As you all know my name is Wazwan which is served in Kashmir on special occasions, like on marriage ceremonies, on engagement ceremonies, on special functions and now also have the dubious distinction of being served in mourning ceremonies which is known as ‘Czoorim...

The Kashmiri Pandit In My Neighbourhood

Kashmiri pandit
On January 19th in 1990, Jagmohan Malhotra was appointed as the fifth Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to contain the armed uprising. After the kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the armed rebels had become popular overnight. Jagmohan who oversaw multiple massacres,  is also widely regarded...

“How I Was Chased And Then Killed With Pellets” – Story of Nasir Shafi

Watch Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgNGG_PwxRU My name is Nasir Shafi; my mother calls me Moomin; I am 11 years old. One evening, I was leaving our local masjid towards my home when I saw hundreds of men in uniform charging towards us; there was utter chaos. I...

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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...

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

When life's chaos takes over the pilot of your life; when exam stress and workload take a toll on you, going back to your...

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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