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Ramzan And Our Childhood

Our Religious Schooling By Z.G. Muhammad Reminisces how so sweet they may be, have their poignancy. Many a time writing about my childhood, I feel like Shelly that I am writing, an ‘epitaph of the glory fled’. Believing, ‘the loveliest and the last, is dead’, I hear the cry inside me, ‘Rise, Memory, and write its praise- for now, the Earth has changed its face, a frown is on Heaven’s brow.’ Grand Mosque Srinagar Indeed, the earth has changed; childhood has fled. It cannot be brought back.  Every year on the sighting of the Ramadan moon this harsh reality dawns on me but still, memories, make me bask in the spiritual ambience that overwhelmed our part of the city on the commencement of the holy month. I remember the Sahar Khawan during our childhood would not only just beat drums ferociously to wake up … Read entire article »

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Of Small Joys of Childhood.

Nostalgia Ode to Surnaivoul Z.G. Muhammad Our childhood was full of rhythm and cadence.  On looking back, sometimes for their cheerfulness, I feel envious about my b0yhood, childhood of children of a whole generation born in the fifties. Despite, the voices of the dissent then also asphyxiated and atmosphere of insecurity looming large, it was the beats, bells, and whistles that soared our hearts with joy. In the wee morning hours, it was jingling and tinkling of bells of goats and ewes and whistles of goatherds from the shepherd Mohalla, near my school that woke us up. Or, it was lilting tunes of Santoor and Saz-e-Kashmir, coming out of baithaks of some of the elite houses at a distance that made us toss aside our quilts. In the late evening, it was haunting melodies coming out the flute of jilted lover Gul, that … Read entire article »

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Indu Kilam: Tethered To Roots

Indu Kilam: Tethered To Roots

Indu Kilam Waxes Lyrical Tethered To The Roots   By Z.G. Muhammad It was perhaps the twentieth day of the lockdown. I had lost count of dates and days, sitting in my small ten by twelve feet study, like my ancestors the pit dwellers, I had no idea about the world outside. Dead landlines and lifeless cell phones had gathered dust as thick as scum on the stinking pond in the heart of the city, once a turquoise spring-fed waterbody gasping for … Read entire article »

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Nostalgia: Veshyakh Festive Day

Nostalgia Veshyakh and Us Z.G.Muhammad ‘I take back all the joy that all oppressors have stolen from me.’  People adopted this maxim as their philosophy of life in ‘the city of Srinagar ‘- my birth burg.   Having learnt to transcend being oppressed and not allowing deprivations sapping their resilience, in all situations, they stole the moments of joy and celebrated every season and festival with great hilarity even during troubled and oppressive times of the fifties and the sixties.  Having enjoyed almost a three weeks long almond blossoms festival on the foothills of Koh-i-Maran. Having enjoyed enthralling and soul-stirring musical evenings under the canopies of purple and white blossoms in the garden laid by Waris Khan. And having relished roasted Gaer water chestnuts squatting on the small hillock, called the tail of Koh-i-Maran overlooking Dal, Nigeen, and Anchar lakes, all children waited for the Veshyakh. In essence, … Read entire article »

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Defending The Indefensible

Defending The Indefensible

On the SMA debate between B R Singh and Ajaz-ul-Haque By Z G Muhammad On 13 and 14 April 2019, GK published a two-part article, ‘In Defence of Sheikh Abdullah’ by  B.R. Singh a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Besides having served as Principal Secretary to former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah for about six years, in the bureaucratic circles, he is known for his nearness with his former boss? Timing chosen for writing three thousand four words … Read entire article »

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Songsters of our Childhood

Songsters of our Childhood

Nostalgia    Hawkers And Their Songs ZGM Songs and songsters were part of our childhood.  It was not only troubadours playing dexterously on a score of small rings on an iron rod and producing musical notes that greeted us with satirical quatrains on sullen mornings and brought laughter in our life. It was not only Abdul Ahad alias Shoda the great songster, with profusely oiled tufts of curly hair, walking like a woodpecker on a tree … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Stand For Freedom Of Press

Kashmir: Stand For Freedom Of Press

PUNCHLINE Kashmir: Freedom Of Press Imperilled By Z. G. Muhammad Author ‘The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what he pleases before the public: to forbid this is to destroy the freedom of the press.’ – ‘Free speech must be kept free even in wartime, even when passions are high because that is when the people need to hear both sides of the argument, not just what … Read entire article »

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