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How An Engineering Graduate Turned Into A Filmmaker

  A video posted by Ruman Hamdani (@theotherrumii) on Jan 18, 2017 at 7:47am PST I was always attracted to cameras and taking pictures. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I got to have my own. It was my cousin’s wedding and I managed to...

Meeting A Woman Who Lost Her Son As Well As Her Smile

It was a bitter cold evening of the Chillai Kalan. A friend of mine had accompanied me and we were on our way back home. Suddenly, my eyes caught a noteworthy scene. ‌ Shivering with cold, an old lady was sitting beside the bund of River...

So must have been she!

Sometimes days turn into nights and nights spilled into months and we hadn’t seen each other. I knew she wouldn’t venture out; neither did I wait for her glimpse near her house. Sometimes I knew curfew was the villain of our love, so were the...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

India Pakistan Matches Haunt This Mother Who Lost Her Son

India-Pakistan matches create a unique atmosphere in Kashmir. You'll notice people huddled together outsides shops, watching every single ball with utter keenness, come what may. The high-voltage Indo-Pak clash in Champions Trophy has raised the cricket fever, like the rest of sub-continent, to a...

“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...

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#SilencedNoMore: Global activists call for an end to silence on Kashmir

Activists from around the world have called for the end of silence on Kashmir. They have started a campaign called #SilencedNoMore to create awareness...

Imran Khan’s stance on Kashmir has been a mixed bag

Pakistan's 22nd Prime Minister ImranKhan has had a 22 year old struggle to reach the summit in Pakistan. But his and his party's (Pakistani...

What kind of Azaadi is this? (Spoiler Alert)

Azaadi is Lollywood's first attempt at romancing with Kashmir at a much closer level. The movie is set in present-day Kashmir which is battling...

Kashmiris react to the big break-up #BJPDumpsPDP

The news might have come as a surprise to all as BJP pulled out of the coalition government in the state. The state CM...
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