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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…

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…

The histories are of marked by men or women who become the epicentres of debate for generations to come. Kashmir history in particular, being an intersection of so many faiths and cultures, has given rise to legends, allegories and realities which have set dais for discussions from time immemorial. Virtue or Vice, the history needs to be presented the way it was and that sets history apart from folk-lore and fiction. Queen Didda is one…

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…