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Have-nots Made My City Beautiful- An Iconic Mason

Have-nots Made My City Beautiful- An Iconic Mason

Nostalgia   An Iconic Mason By ZGM The past lives inside me like a sweet-smelling zephyr, as someone has said it that murmurs message of love to leaves- it smoothly re-energises my lousy nerves. That could hold for one and all. Many times, walking down the streets, lanes and by-lanes, of my birthplace the lofty buildings, marvels of our native architecture make me sing paeans for our artisans- masons and carpenters. Every piece of surviving architecture in the downtown … Read entire article »

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In Stifling Atmosphere Forget History! Create Literature

In Stifling Atmosphere Forget History! Create Literature

PUNCHLINE Forget History!  Write Literature By Z.G. Muhammad     A fortnight back, a single column news item in newspapers announced the death of Mushirul Hasan, an Indian historian and former Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia and author of a dozen and half books. His forte has been Islam in South Asia, communalism and birth of India and Pakistan as independent dominions. Except for some occasional remarks in sync with the ‘hegemonic discourse’, he had no direct connection with Kashmir. … Read entire article »

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Last Relic of Feudal Rule- Aziz Malik

Last Relic of Feudal Rule- Aziz Malik

Last Relic of Feudal Rule Like a shadow Aziz Malik followed the legendary headmaster Ghulam Mohammed Khadim inside the school     ZGM Looking through the “Pinjra” window of our mud- garden-roof house into the street outside, was one of my best pastimes. That was true about many children in my generation. The colourful processions of the Maharaja with soldiers mounted on tall horse backs, on the way to temple on the slope of hillock near our home and  people … Read entire article »

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Koshur Literature And World: Indu Kilam’s Translation of Naseem Shafaie

Koshur Literature And World:  Indu Kilam’s Translation of Naseem Shafaie

  PUNCHLINE Taking ‘Koshur’ Literature To World   Indu Kilam is Trendsetter By Z G Muhammad     Some ten years back, I reviewed, ‘Journey into Islam, the Crisis of Globalization’ (2007) the first of series of three books written by Prof Akbar Ahmed, an American scholar seeking to establish a dialogue and understanding between the West and Islam. And to find answers for the hatred and mistrust between Muslims and the West intensified after the September 11- when twin towers … Read entire article »

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Subhan: Prime Minister’ gate keeper of Our School

Subhan:  Prime Minister’ gate keeper of Our School

  Nostalgia Subhan: Our  ‘prime minister’ gate keeper ZGM ‘The past beats inside me like a second heart’, who so ever has said it, it is true about me- may be for many others. On reading, the signboard of my alma mater, Islamia High School every time, I pass through it, memories cascade like hilltop brooks- no draconian law can put a taboo on them. There is something inherently irresistible in one’s school, which in spite of having … Read entire article »

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Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy To Kashmir

Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy To Kashmir

  PUNCHLINE Taseer: Iqbal’s Favorite and Jinnah’s Envoy For Kashmir   By Z.G. Muhammad On entering into the auditorium of the S.P. Colleges, the first thing that greets the eyes is a photo gallery. These are no regular exhibits of college activities but of the principals that have headed this historic institution of the city and enriched the educational landscape of Kashmir. As someone has said it, photo galleries are windows to history; the pictures pegged on the wall … Read entire article »

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Visit to Alma Mater: Reliving The Happiest Moments of Childhood

Visit to Alma Mater: Reliving The Happiest Moments of Childhood

Nostalgia An Afternoon In   Alma Mater  By ZGM   Something happened inside me, I involuntarily pushed my foot on the brake pedal, stopped in front of the main gate of my alma mater with a screeching sound disturbing the passers-by. I don’t know if it was the crumbling building, once buzzing science block of my school with its shattered windows that got on my nerves- stopped my car. Or the crescent-shaped signboard, reading in bright letters Islamia Higher Secondary … Read entire article »

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