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Gandhi In Kashmir Narrative- My Take on Ramachandra Guha Biography Of Gandhi

Gandhi In Kashmir Narrative- My Take on Ramachandra Guha Biography Of Gandhi

  PUNCHLINE ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ In Kashmir  Narrative By Z.G. Muhammad       Couple of weeks back another voluminous biography was added to grand list of biographies on Mahatma Gandhi.  Seventy years after the British sailed across the Indian  Ocean   the stories of the two protagonists of the India’s independence movement Mahatma Gandhi and Quaid Azam   Jinnah continue to engage scholars and biographers. Notwithstanding, the two charismatic leaders of the subcontinent  largely forgotten by their respective nations and  reduced to emblematic … Read entire article »

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Brides and Bridegrooms Then And Now

Brides and Bridegrooms Then And Now

      Bridegrooms And Barber’s Bowl ZGM   In our sprawling city, with beauty salons galore, and brides queuing outsides these for having  long sittings with the beauticians, the stories of the past, not that past by their mothers and grandmothers when these parlors were not there, and brides still looked prettier than spring flowers  sound to them  as good as fairy tales. In their pursuit … Read entire article »

Amaranth Yatra Of My Childhood

    Merriments of Gusain Jaloos And we the children enjoyed the sight Nostalgia by ZGM Childhood is bliss; full of innocence, naivety and fun. In our childhood, our mothers and grandmothers were as blessed as children. I strongly believe they were as innocent and naïve as children. They, in fact, were more gullible than children and could be tricked by anyone.  Those days’ mendicants from city, suburbs, and rural areas and outside state would often visit houses in our locality. Some in wee hours and some during the day and some would knock at the door at dusk. Many mendicants donned in saffron loincloth, with sticks in hand and black wooden bowl slinging on their chests would arrive in the … Read entire article »

Kashmir: No Procrastination Take the Bull By The Horns

Kashmir: No Procrastination Take the Bull By The Horns

    PUNCHLINE Honor The International Concerns By Z.G. Muhammad There is rarely a good word about the United Nations in Jammu and Kashmir. Talk to any citizen; a toiling labourer in the street, an activist of civil resistance, an academic on the campus, a caged leader,  or an armchair administrator, there is a stock complaint against the organization that it has failed to live … Read entire article »

Snuff Money – a facet of our culture history

Snuff Money – a facet of our culture history

    Nostalgia ‘Snuff Money’ ZGM     Stories of our childhood, when shared with grandchildren sound to them as fairy-tales. Many of them like the festivities that accompanied marriages with a bridegrooms on horsebacks and brides in palanquins – a wheel-less vehicle carried on shoulders by humans and a platoon of kerosene-light torchbearers read to them as tales from the Arabian Nights. Stories about … Read entire article »

The New Power Game And Kashmir Resolution

The New Power Game And Kashmir Resolution

  Kashmir in New Power Game By Z.G. Muhammad     Once again India-Pakistan relations are getting enmeshed in the emergent ‘neo-cold war between Washington and Moscow. Since Donald John Trump took over as President of the United States, it has become more than obvious. The two countries are apparently yet to learn lesson from the past- that it was they joining the cold … Read entire article »

Men From Tulail in Downtown Srinagar

Men From Tulail in Downtown Srinagar

Nostalgia Jummah – Man From Tulail ZGM   Some poet has said it candidly; as one turns pages of life backward, some ‘gleam like gold, some are   depressing as ‘pitch-dark nights.’ That holds true, for our whole generation born after end of the feudal autocracy. The pages that gleam like gold are few and far between and those lost in ‘pitch-dark nights’ … Read entire article »