How a Few Inches of Freak Snowfall Threw Life Out of Gear in Kashmir

How a Few Inches of Freak Snowfall Threw Life Out of Gear in Kashmir

Bilal Ahmad Wani A couple of days ago, when tourists were enjoying beautiful movements of their life across the hill stations of the valley, at the same time, people all over the valley were feeling fearful as they were not ready for adverse weather conditions. People didn’t sleep comfortably throughout the night as they were […]

On Our Very Own Kanger, the Emblem of Age Old Kashmiri Crafte

On Our Very Own Kanger, the Emblem of Age Old Kashmiri Crafte

Gowher Bhat’ The fire pot known as the “Kanger”, in Kashmiri, is an earthen pot to store embers, placed in a wicker type basket with two handles propping the back side up with sturdy wicker sticks. The Kanger endures a lengthy process to manufacture. First, the sticks need to be harvested, and then boiled to […]

The Past as Present: Snowfall, its Contents and Discontents in Kashmir

The Past as Present: Snowfall, its Contents and Discontents in Kashmir

M.M Tali “The miseries of winter are increasing through new means and modes. Recently, the class 12th students writing English paper were left “struggling” and “helpless” in the cold and dim light examination rooms. Along with it there were even pictures of a hospital circulated on the social networking sites, showing doctors treating patients under […]

Papa: I Want to Live…

Papa: I Want to Live…

By Mushtaq Hurra Mehmood and Azra were about to board a cab for the city when the former’s mother called him angrily, “ Mehmood, don’t come back without getting the job done”. The command shot a bullet in his bosom. Mehmood’s legs got paralyzed but he managed to drag his feet into the cab in […]

Notes on the Power Blackout in the Valley and the New Transmission Line

Notes on the Power Blackout in the Valley and the New Transmission Line

By Raja Muzaffar Bhat Since the past one year, I have written extensively on the newly established Samba –Amargarh transmission line, a project dogged by controversies, corruption and environmental issues. The Samba- Amargarh transmission line is a 440 KV Double Circuit (DC) line that passes through an alternate route via Poonch and Rajouri. In the […]

On Life in Kashmir

On Life in Kashmir

OWAIS QADIR Unsurprisingly Every morning when the sun comes out with its rays piercing the earth’s atmosphere and then enters our rooms, we sense that morning has arrived but unlike the mornings in other parts of globe, our mornings bring gloom and doom. Life in a conflict zone is very different and difficult. From dawn […]

How Cannons Changed the World

Suhail Ahmad Wani While studying world history, we cannot flip through single chapter without coming across battles, invasions and conflicts. When people decided to make superiority over their power, position and status, they start to fight each other to prove their might. From the time of human invasions between settlements turned to chieftains and then […]

Paralyzed by 2-inch Snow Yet Again!

Paralyzed by 2-inch Snow Yet Again!

By Nazim M Snowfall, not unexpected, even though predicted a week ago by the weatherman has once again put Kashmir on a grinding halt. The unprepared, inefficient and ineffectual administration which always boasts of being prepared and geared up, stands exposed once again. A few centimeters of snow brought this part of the world to […]

Good Neighborliness: A Virtue of the Past?

Good Neighborliness: A Virtue of the Past?

By Mushtaq Hurra Lonely though he might possess all the pre-requisites of life. If solitariness suits anyone, it is Allah(SWT) alone” Man is a social animal, and can’t live separately without his fellow beings for one or the other reason. Since his inception on the planet earth, man has been living with his fellows, commonly […]