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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 of looking prettier than the Helen of Troy that ‘had launched a thousand ships’ many … Read entire article »

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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 city in mid-July. In wee hours they would enter homes. Some of them with huge … Read entire article »

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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 up to its charter- that unequivocally talks of principle of equal rights and self-determination. Even … Read entire article »

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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 some of my classmates, school dropouts, who dropped in class four,  like Khaliq with charcoaled … Read entire article »

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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 war politics, which immensely contributed to the non-resolution of the disputes between and perpetuation in … Read entire article »

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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’ far exceed them. Of the pitch-dark pages, the division of our state into the two … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Once Again On Floor of the Security Council

Kashmir: Once Again On Floor of the Security Council

Kashmir: Security Council Rise To Occasion Z. G. Muhammad  For the past seventy years the war of words, on the floor of the United Nation’s Security Council on the Kashmir Dispute, has been a routine with India and Pakistan. It, in fact, began, on 30 December 1947, when New Delhi sent a cable to the Security Council, through its representative at UN. The cable, making a complaint under Article 35 of UN charter … Read entire article »

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