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Siddhartha Gigoo

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Siddhartha Gigoo, author of The Garden of Solitude. What made Pandits of Kashmir to migrate? What made them to live as migrants in the land which was alien to them, where the conditions were totally different to what they had in Kashmir. What made them to think that they are not the part of this community anymore? What made them to think that they do not belong to this ‘Reshi’Vaer’ anymore? Siddhartha Gigoo, who was born in Kashmir and left the valley in 1990, in his debut novel ‘The Garden Of Solitude’ has tried to answer these questions.  These questions

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I don’t know who I belong to now. Once I had a family. There used to be laughter all around. The children drew sketches on the walls. Mother cooked all day in the kitchen. Father looked at me fondly in the mornings and the evenings. Grandfather, a fine gardener, planted the most beautiful evergreens, which never withered. I envied the walnut tree in the courtyard. Everyone loved it for its majesty, benevolent shade and delectable walnuts. Once during a wedding, I was decorated. Father got the latticed windows painted. Blue, yellow, magenta, purple and splendid peach! Relatives hung garlands of

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Siddhartha Gigoo For a Kashmiri Pandit life changed when the armed rebellion started in Kashmir Valley in late 80s. The community migrated to Jammu – outside Kashmir Valley in a matter of few days. Some of them settled in different parts of India and some left India to live in other countries. Some lived in make-shift camps, now living in government allotted flats at Jagti, Nagrota. How they lived since their migration and what they went through is their story which started after 90s. One of them is Sidhartha Giggoo, who was a teenager at that time. He too like

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    By Iymon Ganaie Latest books on Kashmir at Password bookshop. With Basharat Peer’s Curfewed Night, Kashmir’s English writing broke the shell and registered its place on the world literary map. Mirza Waheed’s The Collaborator and the Anthology edited by Sanjay Kak, Until my freedom has come: the new intifada in Kashmir followed. Many young writers began to speak their hearts out through their writing. Reading equally gained momentum.  In Srinagar, enthusiastic readers thronged bookshops. The Kashmir Walla decided to find out if the same enthusiasm is found in north Kashmir. A survey was conducted in the students from this

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