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Autumn: When Golden And Crimson Leave Had Songs For Us

Autumn: When Golden And Crimson Leave Had Songs For Us

      Nostalgia When Autumn Cometh ZGM       My siblings, my mates and I happily said goodbye to ‘stunning summer afternoons.’  That ‘soon we will plunge ourselves into cold shadows,’ did not bother us, and we never lamented as some poets have done. And ‘in the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,’ we no more looked for songs of spring’ but eagerly awaited for listening grandmother’s stories in cozy corners of the kitchen.  The blonde and brownish leaves falling from … Read entire article »

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Write Your Story- Khalid Bashir Has Written One

Write Your Story- Khalid Bashir Has Written One

    PUNCHLINE Write Your Story Z. G. Muhammad Like many other bibliophiles, the iconic bookstore, ‘The Kashmir Bookshop’ on the Residency Road had also become my haunt. Similar to some morning visitors to the India Coffee House, I also had become an avid dust jacket reader inside the bookshop and had developed the habit of flaunting my knowledge about books over a cup of hot coffee. The bookshop by all stretch of the imagination was the … Read entire article »

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Kashmir: Tryst With Ballot

Kashmir:  Tryst With Ballot

    Kashmir’s  Tryst with Ballot Z.G. Muhammad Some days, back on social media network Facebook, someone posted a black and white photograph of a handsome turbaned man draped in an up-button black coat. The picture looked straight into the eyes of the surfers telling terrifying tales of suppression of the yesteryears. It had hundreds of likes and dozens of shares. It generated scores of euphoric and eulogistic comments from a broad spectrum of our society as wide-ranging … Read entire article »

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Songbirds, Mystics and Our Beliefs

Songbirds, Mystics and Our Beliefs

  Songbirds and Mystics Long queues gathered outside the door of a top Faqir in our neighbourhood That pretty little bird Kettijj (swallows) excited me the most. I loved chasing the bird in wee morning hours as it flew like a fighter plane on the deserted streets – gliding and soaring – then perching on the eaves for a song. I loved watching the bird dipping dextrously a straw or a twig in a muddy puddle and like … Read entire article »

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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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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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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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