Un Fort-e-fied

Sitting atop Koh-i-Maran hill a 200 year old military fort is witness to Kashmir’s changing political fortunes. Safwat Zargar takes a walk around the fort after it was thrown open for public after 24...

Kulgam

Carved out of Islamabad, Kulgam is one among the eight newly created districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier a tehsil, Kulgam has the districts Islamabad and Pulwama in its contiguity on its eastern and northern sides respectively. The districts of Udhampur and Rajouri fall on its south and south-west, though separated by majestic mountainous range of Pir Panjal, acting as a massive topographical barrier but rich in vegetation and forests with extensive pastures on its lower slopes.

Qazigund: A Village Lost

With more than 20 kanals of agriculture land per household Qazigund village in Pulwama district was proud to be self-sufficient till floods washed away everything including their houses, food-stocks, poultry farms and life’s savings....

Wedded to wood

Lolab, literally the waters of love, is one of the most beautiful places in Kashmir inhabited by beautiful, hardworking people mired in tradition and living in traditional houses. Hamidullah Dar reports The hardworking people inhibiting...

In Ravaged Kathmandu

Among thousands of volunteers busy helping Nepal come back to rails after the devastating earthquake, there  are  a few from Kashmir too. Engineer Abdul Wajid, who is still in Kathmandu, uses cellphone for sharing...

Apple Cart to Panchal

The Mughal road may not be officially open yet, but it has already meant a huge deal to people in Kashmir valley, Poonch and Rajouri towns. From apples to cross-cultural marriages and from trade...

Willow Village

Shalabugh village in central Kashmir has pioneered the craft of weaving the famous willow baskets. Due to a lack of proper marketing and distribution, the village craftsmen approach intermediaries to sell their products, BILAL...

Thailand: Sea, Sand and Sunshine

By: Shams Irfan As the airbus began to descend towards Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, a mélange of hues: green, neon, grey, blue and red, started to illuminate outside my window. The first look of Bangkok city, still...

Food on the Go

Not everybody can afford glitzy restaurants and fast food joints that now dot Srinagar city. There are thousands who still throng city’s famous Food Street that has survived both competition and change. Zafar Aafaq...

Uttarakhand’s Uri Tragedy

Eight labourers were killed when a landslide buried a group of workers implementing an extension of prestigious Char Dham project in Uttarakhand. Faheem Mir took two days trekking to meet the grieving families and...

Oh, Lal Chowk!

As Jhelum retreated to its banks after creating a reign of terror in the valley, the city centre Lal Chowk looks faded and filthy. With the stinky ambience, piled up debris and remorseful faces,...

Forced Migration?

Umar Mukhtar in Jammu found that tens of thousands of Kashmiris had already migrated in anticipation of the yearly durbar move On September 24, maneuvering the hairpin bends on the bumpy Srinagar Jammu national highway,...

Mini Kashmir

Centuries ago they migrated to escape bonded labour or persecution, their language is Kashmiri’s only other dialect and their hearts beat for their brethren in Kashmir. Ilham Hassan reports. Residents of mountainous Doda district are...

Mini Kashmir In Mountains

Far away from Srinagar is a little Kashmir in Kishtwar shrouded in clouds between Kashmir and Jammu. Administratively part of Jammu, Wadwan is accessible better from Kashmir. A frequent visitor to the region, trekker Mahmood...

Kandizal: A Vicious Web

The official blame game after recent floods has once again brought this godforsaken village called Kandizal into focus. But is Kandizal really worth all the blame, Safwat Zargar finds out    No people know floods...

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