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Prof. Hamid Anwar- A Teacher and Friend

Prof. Hamid Anwar- A Teacher and Friend

Nostalgia Hamid Anwar, a Teacher and Friend. By ZGM It was a season of mellow fruitfulness; everything around the University campus was ‘maddening spectacular’. In the lustrous Dal Lake, the reflections of Mahadev and Zabarwan shook by the heart-shaped oars of Shikaras slicing tranquil waters would make even the most stoic a romantic. With their leaves almost turned golden, the majestic Chinars, hundreds of trees with apples as red as rubicund cheeks of village damsels drooping from twigs and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editor's Take, Memeiors

My Days in Bombay- Looking for spiritual solace in film nagari

My Days in Bombay- Looking for spiritual solace in film nagari

Haji Malang My Days in Bombay – A spiritual Journey My Days in Bombay- Spiritual Journey of Downtown Boy Looking For Inner Solace in Film Nagari Off To Haji Malang ZGM Many spiritual experiences can’t be captured in words.  Offering late-night prayers during sultry days on an islet with the soothing breeze blowing on all sides from the Arabian Sea had a unique spiritual elation. Perhaps, it was as good an experience as that of whirling … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editor's Take, Kashmir-Talk, Memeiors, Z. G. Muhammad

Myean Kath – Life Writing Of An Educationist.

Myean Kath – Life Writing Of An Educationist.

Shamla Mufti Everyone has a tale to tell and a nostalgia to share. Nostalgia is cathartic but equally a life-writing that goes beyond biography. It not only ‘encompasses everything from the complete life to day-in-the-life, from the fictional to factional’ and connects us with others and their immediate past, social and cultural moorings. Some days back, a doctoral thesis by one of our young United States-based scholars Hafsa Kanjwal, Assistant Professor of History’ the University of Michigan, guided me to reading a life-writing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Book Reviews, Kashmir-Talk

Girls College Bus, In my bios-cope

Girls College Bus, In my bios-cope

My BIOSCOPE Girl College Bus. ZGM ZGM It was a windy and cold December morning. Just one or two days after, schools, colleges and Kashmir University- then the only university would be closed for a long winter break- seventy days. Staying Seventy days, i.e. 1680 hours at home away from college buddies and schoolmates, was as hurtful as removing an infant from her mother’s chest.  For having missed the opportunity of making it to the Government Medical College, I was … Read entire article »

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Kashmir Cultural Notes – The Rice-man Chefs of Kashmir The Rice-Man ZGM Other than politics, which has continuously been picking our minds like woodpeckers on tall pine trees, gossip about wazawan dominates our discourses during the marriage seasons. In olden times, even during our childhood, it comprised seven to nine dishes, and as we advanced in our age, it also started graduating from cuisine to cuisine. Today, on average, the number of the multi-cuisine lamb mutton dishes has gone up to thirty-five- in many cases, more particularly the feast for bridegrooms, the number ranges from fifty to seventy. In our childhood, chicken dishes were not part of the Wazawan. These perhaps were added to multi-cuisine dishes in the late sixties. Many an expert Ashpazs had then seen it as spoiling to the sanctity of the traditional wazawan. Though our elders before 1947 frequented … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editor's Take, Featured, Kashmir-Talk, Z. G. Muhammad

PUNCH LINE

REVIEW OF TWO BIOGRAPHIES OF S M ABDULLAH  Punch line By Z.G. Muhammad  ‘Oh! It is a whopper sandwich.’It was my instantaneous reaction after finishing reading yet another book on Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah. It was the second book I read about him during the past month. The first one that I mentioned in some previous column was Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah- Tragic Hero of Kashmir by Ajit Bhattacharjea; an octogenarian journalist in Kashmir is generally counted amongst the ‘sympathetic’ for his earlier book the Wounded Valley. His book on Sheikh Abdullah, though based on secondary sources, is readable and quite enjoyable. He has beautifully built up Abdullah story from the memoirs of Sheikh Abdullah, B.N. Mullick, Syed Mir Qasim, Karan Singh and Nehru- Sardar Patil correspondence and other sources. He undoubtedly has blended extracts from his source material and his analysis with deftness to present … Read entire article »

Filed under: Editor's Take, Kashmir-Talk, PUNCH LINE, Z. G. Muhammad

NISAR GILANI’S TRANSALATION OF Younghusband

NISAR GILANI’S TRANSALATION OF Younghusband

Nisar Gilani’s Translation of Kashmir, As I saw It. By Z.G. Muhammad Irish poet Thomas Moore introduced our beautiful land to the Western World in the second decade of the nineteenth century with these opening verses of his magnum opus Lalla Rookh : “Who has not heard of the Vale of Cashmere, With its roses the brightest that earth ever gave”, Most writers believe it was a great introduction that attracted European travelers, tourists, and adventures … Read entire article »

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