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A few weeks ago, in a desperate attempt to be productive in the midst of mind-numbing quarantine and never-ending lockdowns, I happened to come across C.E. Tyndale Biscoe’s book titled, ‘Kashmir in Sunlight and Shade.’ The compelling title of the book combined with its narrative format peaked my interest and I started reading it in the hopes of getting more information about the valley. The book serves as a record of his first journey into…

At a time when a colossal chunk of literature about the prevalent political plight in Kashmir centres chiefly around its geopolitical climate and the implications of it internationally, an acutely visible dearth of writing that sheds light on the not-so-ordinary lives of the ordinary people in the valley – and in particular the human toll the conflict bears on the children and the women, becomes the elephant in the room. In an academic ethnographic exploration…