Reviews

Book Review: An illustrated and illustrative account of Kashmir

Book Review: An illustrated and illustrative account of Kashmir

By Ajaz Baba A visit to Kashmir at the turn of the 19th century along with ‘The last imperial adventurer’ and an ‘Artist Major of the (British) Indian army’ At the turn of the 19th century, a British major who happened to be a painter persuaded his comrade-in-arms and a fellow countryman to add descriptions […]

Trails of Pain: Kashmir’s English writing

Trails of Pain: Kashmir’s English writing

By Murtaza Shibli Mohammad Zahid’s poems in The Pheromone Trail (published: 2013) offer a brilliant insight into his world. Being a Kashmiri, born and brought up in the political strife that is strewn with unending violence, Zahid’s verses reflect his lived experiences and the torment of his soul. Many of the titles of his rhymes […]

Parvaaz: Where Kashmiri, Urdu music flies

Parvaaz: Where Kashmiri, Urdu music flies

Parvaaz — an indie-rock quartet comprising of members Khalid Ahmad, Mir Kashif Iqbal, Sachin Banandar and Fidel Desouza — arrived on the scene in the fall of 2010, letting their infectious melodies laced with Urdu and Kashmiri poetry, and a progressively dreamy sound to do the talking. And it worked. Seven years later, Parvaaz is […]

Kashmir University: Campus of the dead

Kashmir University: Campus of the dead

What is the origin of language? This is the first thing I was asked by a teacher during my first class at Kashmir University. I could feel my heart racing like a frightened rabbit. Over the past five years, I had studied Commerce and did not have much comprehension of Social Science questions. I dissolved […]

Book Review: A journey through the heart of Kashmir

Book Review: A journey through the heart of Kashmir

Mir Khalid’s Jaffna Street is Srinagar’s downtown of our imagination, people’s stories, and ravages of war In the hot and humid month of June 2017, I got a signed copy of Jaffna Street from its author Mir Khalid while sipping Cappuccino in one of the cafés in Srinagar located on the Jhelum embankment. Unsurprisingly, we […]

Book Review: Tracing the History of Armed Struggles in Kashmir

Book Review: Tracing the History of Armed Struggles in Kashmir

Modern History of Kashmir is a gory tale of pain and agony. It symbolizes subjugation, oppression and occupation. However, Kashmiri Muslims never surrendered before the occupation. They resisted illegal Dogra and Indian rule over Kashmir and did not hesitate to pick up arms to break the shackles of slavery. Since 1947, apart from resistance on […]

Dead eyes and dead conscience

Dead eyes and dead conscience

Many of you must have seen the documentary recently aired on Al Jazeera, Kashmir: Born to Fight. Although a well-intentioned film, its title seems a little bothersome. It puts an implicating optics on Kashmir and Kashmiris. This title makes it look as though the problem is because Kashmiris are the troublemakers — they “fight” forcing […]

Motifs of Misery: Weaves and woes of the Kashmiri Shawl A visit to the Kashmir of 1820s through William Moorcroft’s ‘Travels’

Motifs of Misery: Weaves and woes of the Kashmiri Shawl  A visit to the Kashmir of 1820s through William Moorcroft’s ‘Travels’

Madame Defarge of Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities used her knitting to document the names of those whom she perceived to be the ‘enemies’ of the French revolution. Had someone like her existed in Kashmir, perhaps its history would too have been weaved into its famed shawls. It would be appropriate too, for the […]