Born in a curfew, in a snowstorm

2 AM
31st of December 1990

Her soft cries are turning into loud screams. Her father tells her mother, “Wat yi bistar” (put the sleeping mattress away). Her mother holds her head, “Khuday kare sahal” (God will make it easy for you, the father is deeply engrossed in reciting from the Quran. Her other cousins come in with their parents.Β  Continue reading “Born in a curfew, in a snowstorm”


Mythbusters: What is the official map of #Kashmir?

Ever wondered, what is the official map of Jammu Kashmir?

Often this question comes up, where is Kashmir. How big is it?

It’s quite big.

Kashmir as a country

Its size measures about to 222,236 square kilometres. If United Kashmir was a country, it would be larger than at least 168 countries in the world. Its current size puts it at the 86th number.

And would have more population that would make it the 64th most populous country in the world. Bigger than Ecuador or Rwanda or even Portugal.Β  Continue reading “Mythbusters: What is the official map of #Kashmir?”

Made in Kashmir: The Kashmiri Internet

Episode 1: The Kashmiri Internet

First episode of my first ever podcast online. It’s about Kashmir (obviously), the internet and the defying off all odds.

Language: Kashmiri/English/Downtown

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The Great Gama and the Migration

Verinag, is a small town in Islamabad, South of Kashmir. Apart from being a tourist spot, it’s also the major source of the River Jhelum. Springs or nags as Kashmiris call it, are also sites of pilgrimages for the Hindu community in Kashmir.

On the way to Verinag, lies the small village of Kapron close to the restive district of Kulgam. With its picturesque valley and a dense forest, Kapron was a busy village in the late 20th century.

Kapron had iron ore that was mined by Kashmiris to make agricultural implements. In Kashmiri, an ironsmith is called a β€˜Khar’. After the Treaty of Amritsar, Kashmir was sold by the British to the Dogras.Β The Hindu supremacist Dogra regime suffocated Kashmiri industries with exorbitant taxation especially on Kashmiri Muslims.

One of the families that were in the business of iron, Khars or Bhats of Kapron suffered tremendous losses. They left their properties and their homeland, escaping from the tyrannical tax system.

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