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Concertina wire is the most widespread form of vegetation in Kashmir today. It grows everywhere, including in the mind.[1]   Of Gardens and Graves: by Suvir Kaul; Photographs: Javed Dar, Three Essays Collective, 243 pages, Rs. 500. Much of the extraordinary violence that Kashmir has seen over the last two decades and more has been documented by Kashmiri and international human rights groups, civil society activists and journalists. However the effect such long-term violence has had in the forging of political subjectivities has not become central to scholarship on contemporary Kashmir. That Kashmir has become a conflict zone, with periods

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One of the oldest markets of Srinagar- Maharaj Gunj has an historic book store to offer that was established in 1890s. During the Maharaja’s regime in the then princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, 30-years-old Ghulam Mohammad Bhat had a dream of giving education to Kashmiris, leading to start a book store. The book store called “Ghulam Mohammad, Noor Mohammad, Publishing House”, at the beginning would sell only Kashmiri, Arabic and Persian books. Bhat would travel to Lahore to buy books from there. As during the Maharaja’s rule Kashmiri Muslims didn’t enjoy much rights of receiving education, so it was

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[From L to R] Zafar Choudhary, author of the book “Kashmir Conflict and Muslims of Jammu”; Editor in Chief of Rising Kashmir, Dr. Syed Shujaat Bukhari; activist Dr. Altaf Hussain, and Publisher Gulshan Books, Sheikh Ajaz Iqbal.Rising Kashmir foundation in collaboration with Gulshan Books released a book “Kashmir Conflict and Muslims of Jammu written by Zafar Choudhary. According to KNS correspondent speaking on the release of the book Noted civil society activist, Dr. Altaf Hussain said he as a Kashmiri Muslim was deeply pained for not having stood by the people of his own religion while a carnage was going

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MUNNU, the graphic novel published by 4th Estate this month, is the astonishing debut from Kashmir based illustrator Malik Sajad.  We asked Malik about the concept of the novel; where did the idea come from? Why a graphic novel? What is it about the Kashmir’s torrid conflict you wanted to explore? I came to know about this medium around 9 years ago. There were no graphic novels in the bookstores in Kashmir. Initially, I thought it was about visual journalism because whatever graphic novels I had seen were mostly about reporting which I didn’t enjoy and wasn’t particularly good at. 

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Residue.  Author: Nitasha Kaul;  Rupa Publications.  Pages: 324.  Price: Rs 343 The world of exile has spawned literature of various hues. Residue, the debut novel of academic, poet and author Nitasha Kaul is an important contribution to the literary works on exile, providing a rare insight into the prejudices, inhibitions and the litany of woes associated with it. Like the author herself, the protagonists of the novel are Kashmiris who grow up outside of Kashmir. Leon Ali is born in Kashmir but grows up in Delhi. Named after the revolutionary Trotsky by a Communist father who vanishes just before his

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Clouds of odorous smoke billowed out from under the two iron channels where the shutter of Ab Jaan’s waan fit. Not presuming it to be very hot, Ab Jaan singed his fingers when he touched the shutter. The paint on the signboard above the shop was blistered, the brightly lettered sign ‘GR JOO GENERAL STORE’ beginning to flake off. He slipped a giant claw hammer under the shutter to jimmy it and pry it open. The shop was full of sourly pungent smoke. The bars of soap stacked on one of the shelves had melted; the packets of salt and

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