A Weary Traveller

From once lively literary meetings where he rubbed shoulders with the who-is-who of his times to a small dark room in Srinagar, 90-year-old Ghulam Nabi Baba wants to relive his life. Sehar Qazi meets...

Kashmir lost its ‘Master of Ghazal’

by Bilal Handoo In the 1950s, a freshly appointed Urdu lecturer of Srinagar’s Sri Pratap College observed an intriguing episode recurring in his class. One student would often run away from his class after attendance....

Inking Catharsis

Ghulam Nabi Shahid might not be a giant in the literary circles of Kashmir, but with his recent anthology ‘Ailan Jari Hai’, the writer has weaved the narrative reflecting the ground scenario of valley...

A painful JOURNEY

Bilal Handoo Storytelling, says Zadie Smith (a British novelist), is a magical, ruthless discipline. If Smith’s words are any parameters, then Shahnaz Bashir’s The Half Mother indeed appears a disciplined piece of literature, though, it...

The Forgotten Poet

by Mir Liyaqat Nazir   Alam ha kar yaaad Azaad! Azaad! Kune SaTeh Wuchita yaad pawyee Madnowe. (One day the whole world will remember Azad Oh my beloved any moment i will remind you.) As Percy Bysshe Shelly is to English...

The ‘Sacred’ Seminar

Thirteen years after poet Agha Shahid Ali’s death Kashmir University finally dedicated a seminar to the ‘national poet’. But as things unfolded Bilal Handoo found out that Shahid’s presence was nothing more than a...

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 pains to reintroduce Kashmir’s once celebrated Persian poet Ghani Kashmiri...

Governor Appoints Khoda As CVC, Jerath VC

KL Report Srinagar Governor N. N. Vohra has appointed Kuldeep Khoda IPS, (Retd) as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) and R. K. Jerath IAS, (Retd) as Vigilance Commissioner(VC) in the State Vigilance Commission on Monday. A government...
Mehbooba Mufti

Reliving the Past

Even as tens of books were published this season, Kashmir read only two books in huge numbers – one by British authors exposing the al-Faran crisis and another by a separatist hawk, R S...

Malik, Associates Arrested In Pampore

KL Report Srinagar Police arrested the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and other party leaders in Pampore, on Monday. The police took Yasin Malik, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, and other JKLF leaders into custody...

Tanha Ansari: A forgotten legend

Kashmir has produced a number of legendary poets like Mehjoor and Dina Nath Nadim whose poems continue to rhyme in the hearts of many people. Sadly, some of them have been rendered to the...

For Shahid: a promise

by Prof Suvir Kaul I do not know why Shahid—Bhaiya, as we knew him—chose to address to me “A Pastoral,” one of his poems of loss, longing, and imagined redemption, but I am deeply grateful...

HARUD CONTROVERSY

The first proposed litfest in Kashmir generated controversy amid concerns raised by a group of individuals and extreme Facebook-reaction to rumors of controversial writers attending. Two prominent Kashmiri authors had already decided against attending...

Will Harud Douse The Chinars?

Arif Ayaz Parrey Trust the poet to make a prophecy. I will die, in autumn, in Kashmir, and the shadowed routine of each vein will almost be news, the blood censored, for the Saffron Sun and the Times of...

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, W. W. Norton & Company released The Veiled Suite, a...

LATEST NEWS