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Subhan: Prime Minister’ gate keeper of Our School

Subhan:  Prime Minister’ gate keeper of Our School

  Nostalgia Subhan: Our  ‘prime minister’ gate keeper ZGM ‘The past beats inside me like a second heart’, who so ever has said it, it is true about me- may be for many others. On reading, the signboard of my alma mater, Islamia High School every time, I pass through it, memories cascade like hilltop brooks- no draconian law can put a taboo on them. There is something inherently irresistible in one’s school, which in spite of having … Read entire article »

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Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy To Kashmir

Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy To Kashmir

  PUNCHLINE Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy For Kashmir   By Z.G. Muhammad On entering into the auditorium of the S.P. Colleges, the first thing that greets the eyes is a photo gallery. These are no regular exhibits of college activities but of the principals that have headed this historic institution of the city and enriched the educational landscape of Kashmir. As someone … Read entire article »

Visit to Alma Mater: Reliving The Happiest Moments of Childhood

Visit to Alma Mater: Reliving The Happiest Moments of Childhood

Nostalgia An Afternoon In   Alma Mater  By ZGM   Something happened inside me, I involuntarily pushed my foot on the brake pedal, stopped in front of the main gate of my alma mater with a screeching sound disturbing the passers-by. I don’t know if it was the crumbling building, once buzzing science block of my school with its shattered windows that got on my … Read entire article »

Hiba Jan- 19 Month Pellet Victim Has Questions For You?

Hiba Jan- 19 Month Pellet Victim Has Questions For You?

  PUNCHLINE Message To Hiba Jan   My Father Is Your Culprit Z.G. Muhammad   There has been no laughter in our life. That is true about for three generations born after the famous ‘stroke of the mid-night.’  Still, we have been treading on, braving blizzard after blizzard of the batons and bullets; treacheries and tortures and intimidation and terror- talking and writing about our plight … Read entire article »

Masjid Hamams Grand Storytelling Platforms

Masjid Hamams Grand Storytelling Platforms

  Nostalgia Of The Hamam Stories ZGM Sitting long hours, after Zohar namaz, during winter vacations on cozy hamam of the masjid in our Mohalla was one of best recess from studies for my mates and me. I don’t know if the idea of hamam was introduced in Kashmir by the Turks in the eleventh century or the Moghuls popularized it … Read entire article »

Badge of Borrowed Identity – and “Mainstream politicians”

Badge of Borrowed Identity – and “Mainstream politicians”

  PUNCHLINE Kashmir Leaders:  A ‘Borrowed Identity’   By Z.G. Muhammad   On Wednesday, a music track, “who they are” from a famous album of 2010 started to ring in my ears. It became louder and louder, as one after another news tickers on the television screen started crawling about the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir. The political parties, part of power game in … Read entire article »

Of the Great Rabi-Al-Awal Days and Hollowed Ghat

Of the Great Rabi-Al-Awal  Days and Hollowed Ghat

  Of Hollowed Ghat and Boat Rides ZGM Those were the days of ‘innocent faith.’ Much before the goatherds, with their flock of ewes and goats passed through our lane and their tinkling bells made me toss aside warm quilt, it would be sound of wooden clogs (Khraw) and chants of elderly Kashmiri Hindu men and women on the way to the Parbat … Read entire article »