Books

Kashmir has been written about for centuries. Off late, owing to the peculiar situation Kashmir is in, almost every south Asian scholar has written a book on Kashmir. This section offers detailed reviews of the Jammu and Kashmir related books, interviews and profiles of the authors, besides, vital excerpts from the books written recently and in past.

A Battle for Schooling Kashmir

The Christian missionaries had to fight a despotic ruler, a superstitious society and a looter bureaucracy for a long time before they succeeded in...

The Kashmir Cases

Last month, when Justice Uday Umesh Lalit took over as the new Chief Justice of India, Kashmir politician and former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah...

Herbs and Health

Not a very long ago in Kashmir, most of the diseases were being treated by flood supplements in which fruits, herbs and vegetables were...

Reading Cardiologist’s Heart

Kashmir’s leading cardiologist, Dr U Kaul’s book offers interesting anecdotes about the evolution of better heart care and various heart-breaking events, writes Khalid Bashir...

Moorcroft’s Kashmir Days

East India Company’s veterinarian and stud manager, William Moorcroft is the most referred author about early nineteenth century Kashmir. While living in Srinagar between...

Trout Take Off In Kashmir

Introducing trout was one of the many contributions that Raj made during Kashmir’s darkest era in the nineteenth century. Offering details of how the...
An 1870 photograph showing the famed Kashmir Nautch Girls in a group photograph.

Srinagar 1868

An Assistant Surgeon in Her Majesty’s 36th Foot, John Frederick Foster (1839-1869) spent almost a quarter in 1868 summer in Kashmir, primarily for health...

South Kashmir 1868

An Assistant Surgeon in Her Majesty’s 36th Foot, John Frederick Foster (1839-1869) spent almost a quarter in 1868 summer in Kashmir, primarily for health...

Kashmir: A Realistic Appraisal

Scholar SN Pandita reviews the just-released book, Kashmir- Before the Accession and After by noted Kashmir historian Prof Ratan Lal Hangloo, former vice-chancellor of...

Timeless Tales

Going through Neerja Mattoo's curated book of Kashmir short stories, Khalid Bashir Gura sees elements of both timeliness and timelessness in the collection Some of...
An 1890 photograph of Khanqah and its adjoining homes taken from the banks of Jhelum.

Kashmir 1783

British traveller and East India Company official, George Forster (died 1792) is the first Englishman who journeyed from India through Central Asia to Russia....

A Partition Postcard

Khann Ahmad Hilal reviews a trend-setting book on the partition that uses objects to revisit peoples’ memories of one of the worst happenings on...

Kashmir: A Lawrence Speech

Walter R Lawrence, one of the most popular British India officers in Kashmir, known commonly as Lawrence Sahab, was an authority on a region...

Kashmir 1823

British veterinarian, William Moorcroft (1767-1825), who played a key role in exploring Central Asia for the East India Company, spent a harsh winter in...

A General Assessment

Former Army Chief, General NC Vij’s book The Kashmir Conundrum: The Quest for Peace in a Troubled Land, published by HarperCollins offers a ringside...

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