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Kashmir: Is Not Story Of A Cricket Game

Kashmir: Is Not Story Of A Cricket Game

  PUNCHLINE Kashmir: Not A Game of Cricket by Zahid .G. Muhammad     I am not a cricket buff, equally not a great fan of the game; the last popular legacy of the British imperialism in all its colonies.  Perhaps, in the crowd of millions of Kashmiris, I am an odd man out whose adrenaline never goes up while watching India-Pakistan cricket test matches, one day and T-20. My heart never collapsed for Indian cricket teams like Professor Akbar Ali … Read entire article »

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Of Cart Pullers: They too their songs of oppression

Of Cart Pullers: They too their  songs of oppression

  Nostalgia Of Tumbrels and  Barges   ZGM The stories at night by our grandmother had a magical charm. The creamy clay daubed walls, with the greenish tincture, and a small electric pendant lamp hanging from a twisted silken wire looking like braids of damsels gave a mystical ambiance to the kitchen of our house. The story of Rostam and Sohrab, during power shutdowns under the dim light of an earthen lamp on Tchaengtaar, small shelf in the … Read entire article »

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Classic Books On Kashmir Demolish Conjured Narratives

Classic Books On Kashmir Demolish Conjured Narratives

  PUNCHLINE     The Joy Of Re-reading Books Knock-Down The  Dominant Discourses By Z.G. Muhammad   In a scenario, when politics in our state has become crazy, the ‘hegemonic discourses’ have the sway, and a big lie projected as truth is accepted, restlessness is a natural corollary. To fight this restlessness instead of reading new books on Kashmir by authors published by big houses in India,- of course, tutored, of late,   I have started re-reading books already read many … Read entire article »

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Classic Books on Kashmir Demolish Conjured Narratives.

Classic Books on Kashmir Demolish Conjured Narratives.

  PUNCHLINE   The Joy Of Re-reading Books Knock-Down The  Dominant Discourses By Z.G. Muhammad In a scenario, when politics in our state has become crazy, the ‘hegemonic discourses’ have the sway, and a big lie projected as truth is accepted, restlessness is a natural corollary. To fight this restlessness instead of reading new books on Kashmir by authors published by big houses in India,- of course, tutored, of late,   I have started re-reading books already read many years … Read entire article »

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OF CAMPUS DAY: Relive with days of Romance On University Campus

OF CAMPUS DAY: Relive with days of Romance On University Campus

Campus Rage  ZGM   The wide stairs leading to my classroom sing melodies, sweeter than livelier dawn choruses. Years, after leaving the campus, they come to life for me whenever I visit my alma mater and echo with songs of thrushes and tits as they used to do when boys and girls sitting on the steps filled the air with their musical chirrups. Many ‘full beautiful—a faery’s child’ on the stairs made some boys unmindfully shout “Was … Read entire article »

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Two Sons Did A Good Job- You Too Have A Story To Tell

Two Sons Did A Good Job- You Too Have A Story To Tell

  PUNCHLINE You Owe To Them By                                                                                                                                              Z.G. Muhammad Two sons did an excellent job! Both merit credit for doing a job that many other children placed in similar situations have chosen to ignore. Fathers of the two from ab initio were proactively involved in the struggle for ending the autocratic rule in the state. For their centrality in the struggle and proximity to the top leadership, the two besides being an eyewitness to the day to developments … Read entire article »

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Childhood: When Freedom Came In Big Way To Us

Childhood: When Freedom Came In Big Way To Us

Nostalgia Autumn And Cricket Bat ZGM Every leaf turned into a flower had its beauty- beauty that waxed even prosaic amongst us poetic. The leaves of all shades and colors, crimson, cherry, chocolate brown and golden yellow cascading at slight wind turned us into singers- even one with croakiest voice believed that he was a melody king. The season of fruits and honey had an added beauty for us, the luxury of time. Having done our six … Read entire article »

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