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Kashmir Women belie patriarchal medieval and Elizabethan ideas

  Punchline Women on Forefront By Z. G. Muhammad In South Asia men, out of share bravado often use the phrase, ‘we are not wearing bangles.’ Interestingly, even top generals often use this phrase for sending a terse message to the enemy country that we are not as weak and breakable as women. This South Asian phrase is comparable to the famous soliloquy of protagonist in Shakespeare’s masterpiece Hamlet, ‘Frailty, thy name is a woman!’ that depicts women in a negative context as frail beings week in a character who fail to rise to the occasion and fight adverse situations with fortitude and courage.  Women of Kashmir have long before belied these patriarchal medieval and Elizabethan ideas by not only standing by the side of men but also being in the vanguard of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Kashmir-Talk, Point of view

Srinagar is Not ‘Ghetto People’: Story of Collective Punishment of Downtown

Srinagar is Not ‘Ghetto People’: Story of Collective Punishment of Downtown

  Punchline They Are Not ‘Ghetto People’ Z.G.Muhammad Honestly, they ‘have been more sinned against than sinning.’ Distraught at the plight of a million people with bright minds and deft hands this   Shakespearean quote knocked my mind while walking through the streets, lanes, and bylanes of the heart of Srinagar city. None but the people they catapulted to power after big struggle and sacrifices have betrayed them and made them powerless.  Their collective story is akin to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editor's Take, Kashmir-Talk, Perspectives

Mothers, Chef de cuisine: Mouth Watering Dishes of Winters

Mothers, Chef de cuisine: Mouth Watering  Dishes of Winters

  Autumn Scenes Nostalgia Our Mothers Chef de cuisine ZGM That time of year, when yellow leaves, hanged on colonnades of poplar trees waiting for a cold wind to shake them, grandmothers and mothers had their pastimes, and we had ours. Like red, brown and black ants carrying every grain and straw to their underground nests, our grandmother and mothers filled the stores with everything; they got hold of to gear up for harsh winters. In early … Read entire article »

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Life Writings and Kashmir Narrative: Nighat Hafiz Tells A Big Story

Life Writings and Kashmir  Narrative: Nighat Hafiz Tells A Big Story

  Punchline Life Writings and Our Narrative By Z. G. Muhammad   In late summer or early autumn of 1989, on a Sunday, along with my friend late Qaiser Mirza, I traveled to Ganderbal to meet Molvi Mohammad Syed Masoodi. One, of the reason for our visit, was to know how he, then one of the senior most politicians around looked at the emerging political scenario in the state- a paradigm shift from electoral politics-cum- peaceful resistance to the … Read entire article »

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Autumn: When Golden And Crimson Leave Had Songs For Us

Autumn: When Golden And Crimson Leave Had Songs For Us

  Autumn Scenes   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  waited for listening grandmother’s stories in cozy corners of the kitchen.  The blonde and brownish leaves … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editor's Take, Kashmir-Talk

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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Braving Old Man In A Tree- My Nostalgia Your Story

Braving Old Man In A Tree- My Nostalgia Your Story

    Nostalgia ‘Old Man In A Tree, ZGM Then our songs had not been wholly snatched from us. There were taboos, but still one could dream big and ‘say we have always been green, white and crimson’- all colors in one making it a gorgeous rainbow.  During those fabulous days, at noontime, the small street outside our school suddenly filled with melodious songs. The narrow road that had lived through oppression and witnessed ill-fated people offering relentless … Read entire article »

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