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Fatehpur Sikri’s Young Chaperon

Published by September 20, 2014 11:49 pm

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One of the things that fascinate me about India, like many others, is Taj Mahal. It’s not only the art or architecture but, the story behind its construction that actually makes it one of the wonders of the world. The emperor’s love, an architecture’s misfortune and a son’s rebellion; all of it makes it one... View Article

Kashmirs’ Indices of Green & Blue

Published by September 20, 2014 11:33 pm

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Caller– Hello! – Azaana, uman ava jahnam (Azaan, I wish they end up in hell) Me – Kyoho gai (what happened to you?) Caller – Mooddai ha karukh Kharab, wallah ha osus paraan nafal vainnuk tain (They have ruined my mood, I swear by God I was praying for them up until now) Me – Cze korth a emi mojoob phone (Did you call for the purpose of telling me this) Caller – Ahanu (Yes) Me– Kya gai, myei kith parzeha... View Article

Ramayana: The Dominant & Departed

Published by September 20, 2014 11:17 pm

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Writing Rama’s Story: An ongoing social process Ramayana- the story of Rama, has been written many times, in several languages, over a span of thousands of years located in different social contexts. It has been written in Assamese, Balinese, Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, Gujarati, Javanese, Kannada, Kashmiri, Khotanese, Laotian, Malaysian, Marathi, Oriya, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sinhalese,... View Article

Manvir Tuli’s Paper Flowers

Published by September 20, 2014 11:05 pm

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After enjoying the beauty of nature at Mughal Gardens, one cannot miss to appreciate the beauty of handcrafted flowers. Set up at the exit of the Gardens at Gate No 8, the stall put up by Manvir Tuli is in place for the first time. “To have a long lasting thing, these flowers are made... View Article

Kwality Wall’s: The ice-cream story

Published by September 20, 2014 10:58 pm

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Delivering ice creams home-to-home at night on his bicycle in Lahore, no one ever thought P L Lamba would establish such a big Kwality empire in India and abroad. Already familiar with the hard work involved in making of ice creams, P L Lamba was all set to open his ice cream bar in India.... View Article

Zeppelin’s Kashmir: A Nostalgic Delight

Published by September 20, 2014 10:03 pm

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Thanks to my taste for Rock music, I got to hear one of the best ever song recorded in the history. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. Just the word Kashmir amazes me with nostalgia and I instantly fell in love with this wistful piece of music .The song was recorded in the year 1975 by a... View Article

Delhi’s own 007 shop

Published by September 20, 2014 9:56 pm

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MI6 secret agent 007 once got himself a pair of ‘normal’ glasses. But, back then the man on the mission was Roger Moore. The place has changed a lot but, standing apart from the newly constructed showrooms of the Connaught Place is one of the Delhi’s oldest optical shops where Moore shopped. Located in the... View Article

The Devil’s deal

Published by September 5, 2014 2:15 am

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Already running late, Junaid was breathing heavily. “Damn! These cigarettes,” he said to himself. Rushing through small alleys toward the main road to catch a bus, he ran as fast as he could; worried his friend might leave. He had planned that he will not answer his friend’s call, so that this friend assumes that... View Article

Kashmirs’ ‘sold’ Heroes

Published by September 4, 2014 1:44 am

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Every Society has Heroes; some contemporary and most of them from the past. They are looked upon as inspiration and often used to manufacture consent among the masses. Now every Society is peculiar in its own way. Some have mythological heroes who have supernatural powers and can perform out of world tasks. Some have War... View Article

Kashmirs’ Martyrs (Shaheed) Graveyard

Published by September 4, 2014 1:30 am

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Is there someone calling me? Who is there peeking at me through dense bushes? A bunch of flowers is plucked behind the wilderness of years’ long bushes. I hear the sound of plucking. The dry mud humped on the ground frightens me, as if a grave is being dug for my burial. The sounds I... View Article