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Obituary On My Childhood —

  Nostalgia   Obituary on My Childhood ZGM He is gone. My other half of me, my younger sibling Hassan, like white and puffy dandelion disappeared in the thin of air without a whispering breeze blowing across. He left so fast and forgot even to jot down a parting note- some reminiscences of the whole childhood and boyhood we had lived together- if he had forgiven me for breaking his terracotta toys, ripping his kites, drowning his paper boat in the rainwater and snatching candyfloss from his hand. At the age of four when he swallowed a coin, copper paisa with a hole in its middle and crown of George IV embossed on it with tears trickling down my eyes like monsoon showers with my grandmother; I had gone to the Astana of Naqshband … Read entire article »

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LOOKING BEYOND THE STREET NARRATIVES

LOOKING  BEYOND THE STREET NARRATIVES

    PUNCHLINE Looking   Beyond The ‘Shop-Front Narratives’ By Z.G. Muhammad   Let me begin my today’s column, with one of my favourite quotes of Mahmoud Darwish; “He who writes his story, Inherits the land of that Story.” The reason for this couplet buried somewhere in the subconscious resonating in my mind has been an ongoing debate on the social media the Facebook for a past couple days on some posts by historian Dr Abdul Ahad, author of ‘Kashmir … Read entire article »

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PRISON TALES: LEADERS AND PICKPOCKETS

PRISON TALES: LEADERS AND PICKPOCKETS

    Nostalgia Prison Tales  Leaders and Pickpockets    As someone has said coffee connects us in so many ways, so did the hubble-bubble connect generation ahead of us in our childhood.  Those days’ many tailor shops in our downtown, were no less than the fashionable Coffee House, on the Residency Road were wits, poets and “politicians”  met in the morning to enjoy hot cups of coffee and talk politics- of course pooh-poohing the resistance movement used to be … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: ‘Electoral Politicians and Polo Ponies.’

Kashmir: ‘Electoral Politicians  and Polo Ponies.’

  Punchline Kashmir: Electoral Politics and ‘Polo Ponies’ Z.G. Muhammad   Sometimes meeting an embittered politician, enables one to peep into a domain of politics that otherwise remains obscure. Moreover, on occasions sharing experiences about such meetings helps in analysing the games behind popping up of new characters like mushrooms during rains with alternative narratives for fortifying the ‘hegemonic discourses’ at the time of elections in the State.  More it also helps to understand how multiple forces, ostensibly … Read entire article »

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Kashmir Scholars: Revisit The Past And Tell The Untold Story

Kashmir Scholars: Revisit The Past And Tell The Untold Story

  PUNCHLINE Scholars Must Revisit By Z.G. Muhammad Some friends, are opposed to the idea of relating the history of the land, old or of the recent past to the current ‘dominant discourse’ or the contemporary ‘people’s narrative’. They have the right to do so; everyone has the right to hold an opinion.  Nonetheless, to quote Frederick Douglass, a nineteenth-century American social reformer and leader to end slavery in America. ‘It is essential to keep a record of … Read entire article »

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Last Iconic Artisan Mohammad Amin Kundangar And My Days At Daribal School

Last Iconic Artisan Mohammad Amin Kundangar And My Days At Daribal School

  Nostalgia   Daribal School and Last  Iconic Artisans  ZGM The ‘hint of sweet spring was in the air; it was the first day of March’ after long vacations school had opened. Nonetheless, the heaps of frozen snow still littered the lanes, blankets of snow covered many mud roofs in our Mohalla and the latticed windows pasted with brown paper and old newspapers were even shut. Those days, glass window panes were a rarity, most of the houses … Read entire article »

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Kashmir’s Young Ambassadors – Songs and Music Is Their Language

Kashmir’s Young Ambassadors – Songs and Music Is Their Language

  PUNCHLINE Kashmir’s  New Ambassadors By Z.G. Muhammad   Like many others in my tribe; opinion writers and columnists, guided by screaming headlines I am also oblivious to the urges and aspirations of our youth.  That there is a strong undercurrent in a whole generation of them to use music,  arts, literature,   theatre and modern mediums like Instagram and YouTube for telling their stories, and articulating their pain and agony. I understood it first time some six years … Read entire article »

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