How Moscow is capitalising on US retreat in Palestine, Israel

How Moscow is capitalising on US retreat in Palestine, Israel

Israeli anxiety was palpable when it was reported that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not contacted by the new American President, Joe Biden, for days after the latter’s inauguration. While much is being read into Biden’s decision, including Washington’s lack of enthusiasm to return to the ‘peace process’, Moscow is generating much attention as […]

Myths about Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG), or Ajino Moto

Myths about Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG), or Ajino Moto

Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) is a salt containing glutamate – an amino acid present in human bodies that plays a vital role in metabolism and communication of human neurons. It is a sodium salt of glutamate. Glutamate is an amino acid (building block of proteins) that occurs naturally in foods like tomato (246 ppm), cheddar […]

For the Kind Attention of Honb’le Lieutenant Governor

For the Kind Attention of Honb’le Lieutenant Governor

Dear Sir, Your kind attention is invited to the following few lines: That our many development projects have ended in a fiasco. Some of these are described as under: 01) Chrar-I-Sharif Development Project: In the year 1995, the Chrar-I-Sharif shrine of the most venerated Sufi Saint of Kashmir Hazrat Shaikh Noor-ud-din (RA)- (built-in 1460 AD) […]

A Basket of Opportunities for Indian Economy

A Basket of Opportunities for Indian Economy

This time last year the world was a different place. The coronavirus had just emerged, every country was bracing for a lockdown, there were fears that the virus would turn into a pandemic and could bring economic recession the likes of which were never seen before. Fears turned out to be true: the virus went […]

Kashmir’s Newspapers: Battling For Survival

Kashmir’s Newspapers: Battling For Survival

We must lend a helping hand to an industry that has served us through the best and the worst of times A few weeks back a local news channel aired a report on the plight of newspaper hawkers of our valley. These struggling souls are battling to make both ends meet as their sole source […]

Food is the best medicine, if taken in measures right

Food is the best medicine, if taken in measures right

When diet is wrong, medicine is of no useWhen diet is right, medicine is of no need The progress we have made in creating machines, means of communication, medicines, artificial intelligence, etc, is commendable, but what has worsened globally is our “health”. The human body is the most complex arrangement of cells and networks, absolutely […]

Exclusion of transgenders in Kashmiri language

Exclusion of transgenders in Kashmiri language

Language is more than a means of communication; it is the way through which cultures, traditions, morals are passed from one generation to next. Most languages employ a binary of gender, and this gender is either masculine or feminine. We are raised in this gendered language and we come to view this binary as natural […]

If women change their mind, society will, too

If women change their mind, society will, too

Women must stop endorsing social norms that degrade and enslave them. The cessation of giving your unwilling consent to what you consider wrong would be of great help. We often speak about girls getting oppressed in numerous ways before and after marriage, but how often do we speak about the person who is behind all […]

Hokh Syun: Dwindling Delicacy of Kashmir

Hokh Syun: Dwindling Delicacy of Kashmir

Hokh Syun reminds me of the time when I used to see garlands strung from most windows, especially in downtown areas of Srinagar, in my childhood Hokh Syun or sun-dried vegetables are known for their use during the harsh winter months in Kashmir. Sun drying extends the shelf-life of vegetables and thus they can be […]

Intricacies of willow wicker craft

Intricacies of willow wicker craft

Willow wicker craft locally called “kaeni keam” is the intricate art of basket weaving. It is an indigenous cottage industry of Kashmir that uses twigs of wicker as raw material. It is one of the oldest crafts of the valley. Sadly, the products of the craft, once seen in every home, are now vanishing from […]