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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...

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 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,...

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...

Chinar is Kashmir Personified- Murdered: Save It

Kashmir is a strange place, to begin with. The state, even stranger. And us Kashmiris ruled by the 'strangers' making things even stranger. Eerie, basically. Think about someone trying to uproot a chinar and then plant a lotus instead. Wierd, isn't it? Chinar isn't an ordinary...

Meet Sarjan Barkati, The Living Manifestation Of Azaadi

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"Paani paani nahin raha, sailaab ban gaya. Yeh aisa sailaab hai jo Kanyakumari ko bhi Pakistan banaa dega". The moment these words are uttered, in a powerfully voiced statement followed by a lion-esque sigh, in front of a massive gathering, at one of the...

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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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