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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…

While lighting an incense stick with the flame of a melting candle, Zarnaq, a ten year old girl at Hazratbal told me how she misses Durood the most this year. As per the instructions from the authorities, the gatherings on the night of Meraj were prohibited this year, and hence the gates of many mosques were locked up soon after the Isha prayers. “This is the first time in my lifetime that I am seeing…

As the cold continues to linger and shiver life, the winter-induced skin ailments have once again reared their ugly heads in the valley. To ward off these cold demons, many are resorting to good old methods to save their skin. The comforting click of the knitting needles can be heard in Syeda Begum’s room after many years. The octogenarian from Srinagar’s Bemina locality is interweaving a small pair of woolen socks from bright colored yarn…

Behind the current tourism façade, the unaddressed issue of fading boats is distressing Dal Lake dwellers. Part of the problem is said to be last year’s draft and decree of years — pushing the ‘anchorless’ community to obscurity now. On the deck of his floating house, Yaqoob Duno laments over his tribe’s identity loss in the ‘water graveyard’. Ever since the pandemic created another phase of pathos in the “world-famous Dal Lake”, it has consumed…

Seeks incentivization of publication of journals, magazines, dailies in local languages Srinagar: National Conference (NC) President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that mother tongue is the underlying component of one’s culture and identity and that every effort should be made to protect the linguistic diversity of Jammu and Kashmir. Abdullah, while remarking on the importance of preserving the linguistic heritage of Jammu and Kashmir, said the mother tongue must…

You can’t force omnivores to be carnivores, or vice-versa. The cultural food or general culinary habits of a particular people are developed as per the place’s weather, belief of people, or no belief at all, significant cultural events, and seasonal availability of ingredients. This is how every cuisine came into existence, and this is how Koshur wazwaan came into existence, there is no other science to understand this, unless one has a bogus and bigot…