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Nasir Yousufi

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Meant to celebrate the rebirth of nature, Nowruz marks the beginning of the Persian New Year. While the spring festival incidentally signifies the day when the sun crosses the celestial equator, the day celebrates the rejuvenation and renewal of life too. Historically a national festival of Iran, the day has a great traditional and cultural significance in the valley of Kashmir. Apart from observing the day as a mark of the onset of spring, Kashmiri…

Caught between militarisation of habitat and apathy, as the world community is observing the Wildlife Day, risk of extinction for the Hangul looms large. Passing fingers gently over the pointed and branched antlers, put at a display on the entrance of their grandparent’s home, two siblings Muafiq and Faizan cherish the majesty of the unseen red deer. Septuagenarian Mohammad Yousuf Wani, their grandfather recalls how occasionally, ‘Kashmir’s prized animal’ used to stray close to their…

As the valley continues to freeze, breaking records of sub-zero temperatures, people are battling harsh life conditions As the free fall in temperatures continue beyond Chillia Kalan, a forty day period of harsh chill, water bodies across Kashmir have turned into frozen turf. With the mercury plummeting to levels as low as minus 8.8 Degree Celsius, chill of the ongoing winter has tumbled records. Last time, it was during 1995, when Srinagar had recorded minus…

Come winter and people keep longing for snowfall. Like its dancing flakes of varying patterns, snowfall brightens the faces of people with jubilance. Though the reasons for merry vary, like the shapes of falling flakes, the cause of celebration for artists, in particular the amateurs, is different. After piling a heap of snow, Nadeem Hussain, a young man in his twenties is gliding his long fingers over the face of snow replica to carve out…

Recently, viral pictures of blood stained whooper Swans generated hue and cry among netizens and nature lovers who were angry that after flying thousands of kilometres from their natural habitats, the birds arrived in Kashmir, only to be shot. Killed on the very first day of arrival, a new species to visit Kashmir, among the many winged visitors, the whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) met a tragic end at the hands of the poachers in the…