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.

Hazratbal 1954

Roads and plenty of cars is a recent phenomenon. In this 1954 travelogue, Pearce Gervis explains how the huge floating gardens, rations and the...

Kashmir’s Canal Life 1954

Srinagar’s water bodies have historically remained a self-sustaining eco-system in which people lived, worked and thrived throughout. Life remained unchanged for a long time...

Kashmir’s Church Bells

The oldest Protestant Church over the Rustum Gari hill is being revived and renovated by the government under its smart city project. Constructed in...

Mind Medicine Matrix 

Many years after a top intelligence officer served in Kashmir, his anthropologist daughter went to the US and wrote a book about the system...

The New Age Authors

 Over the last year, more and more young writers in Kashmir are taking to self-publishing their books. While enough books may not be selling,...

Kashmir’s Islamic Architecture

Kashmir has produced a lot of literature on ancient architecture involving the Buddhist and Hindu period. The deficit about the medieval Muslim era was...

Kashmir’s Rural Diversity

For a modern researcher, the Kashmir periphery might offer homogeneity of culture and economy. The reality is that the countryside has always exhibited a...

A Distant Observation

The novel that Speaking Tree published early this year is a good attempt to tell the Kashmir story but could have been told better,...

‘Peace Follows Justice And Truth’

Farah Bashir, author of Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir that Harper Collins published this spring explains why she is restless and anxious...

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...

A Curious Translation

British poet journalist, Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904) is credited for his book The Light of Asia that is seen as the first serious introduction of Buddhism...

The Kafan Cupboard

The Rumours of Spring: A Girlhood in Kashmir that Harper Collins published last month is a stirring account of a girl’s life in 1990s’...

Why Do I see Shamim Ahamd Shamim As Keats of Urdu Journalism?

On the death anniversary of the prominent editor, orator, and politician, Shamim Ahmad Shamim, kindly read a lecture that former government officer and a...

Should There Be A New Federal Compact Between The Centre and States?

In the book, Beyond Covid’s Shadow: Mapping India’s Economic Resurgence, Haseeb A Drabu makes a case and suggests an alternative. Here is an abridged...

Taxing Paradise

Toronto Star rowing correspondent Gordon Sinclair entered Kashmir through the Lahore-Jammu route in 1935 summer. While his narration indicates he mistook the boatmen as...

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