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.

Remembering Shahid

Amitav Ghosh referred to Agha Shahid Ali as the ‘closest that Kashmir had to a national poet’. Recently America’s prestigious and largest publishing house,...

Scattered Souls – An Appraisal

by Ihsan Malik In the past Kashmir has seen some remarkable short story writers writing in the native language. The creative and ingenuous efforts of...

Shahabad’s Samud Shah

Godfrey Thomas Vigne (1801-63) was a British barrister who played first class cricket 11 times between 1819 and 1845. The first Englishman who has...

Untouchability Reforms in J&K

A BJP lawmaker funding upper caste crematoriums and more recently the Jammu University faculty getting invitations with their category mentioned on the covers, seemingly...

The Bridge Builder Poet

Poet Agha Shahid Ali (February 4, 1949 to December 8, 2001) eventually became Kashmir’s identity in the English literature. On his fifteenth death anniversary,...

Revealing Records

In his latest book, poet historian Khalid Bashir Ahmad has succeeded in deconstructing myths, mysteries, events, individuals and institutions that dominated the troubled twentieth...

Kashmir: The Conflict and the Questions

With a PhD each from JNU and University of Massachusetts, Dr Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra is currently a Director at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre, in...

Earth’s Invisible Owners

His encounters with invisible contagions apart, Kashmir origin American epidemiologist, Dr Ali S Khan’s book offers fascinating simplification of the complex scientific processes and the significance...

Women In Kashmir Tehreek

After centuries of suppression when Kashmir launched its struggle to regain the life of dignity and honour, it was not a male-only battle. Dr...

A Musical Journey

When everything in Kashmir virtually came to a halt with the outbreak of militancy in 1989, Mohammad Amin Lala, a music enthusiast, found time...

Srinagar – August 1868

Kashmir has been written profusely in the last few centuries. Not every traveller has been kind to Kashmir and its people. J F Foster, an...

Writing For Kids

Once recognized, writers usually avoid writing about the children. This is the key factor for limitations in the Kashmiri literature for children. Aaqib Hyder...

Reintroducing Ghani Kashmiri

As the Persian language vanished from public life in Kashmir a huge amount of literature automatically became unreadable. A century later two scholars took...

Otto Honigmann: An Introduction

by Dr Michaela Appel Otto Honigmann (1879-1959) was from a renowned Aachen family of mine-owners. He was born the third son of Moritz and Marie...

A Statesman

In 1947, Kashmir was literally independent for many fortnights. After rumours about the major princely state joining India, there was Poonch rebellion and tribal...

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