Kashmir: a few moments of life

Kashmir is known for its natural beauty and now for being world’s most militarized zone on earth as the disputed territory remains under the Indian rule, against which the people are resisting since 1947. Amid the violence and political uncertainty, on the other side, there lies a life filled with traditions, celebrations, festivals, food, harmony and belief. In this feature, we have tried to collect a few of these moments from people’s lives in Kashmir.

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Children walk through mustard fields in Ganderbal district of Kashmir. The pleasant spectacle of the mustard flowers marks the beginning of Spring season in the valley.
2
People offering congregational Friday prayers on the eve of Al-Quds day at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s old city. In liberation of the Al Aqsa mosque, “Quds-day” is observed in support of the Palestinians worldwide. Kashmir too observes the Youm-Al-Quds by taking out processions to denounce the Israel’s occupation of first Qibla of Muslims.
3
Devotees pray on the eve of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (pbuh) at Hazratbal shrine, Srinagar. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the last messenger of Islam is said to be born on this day.
4
Kashmiri Pandit women pray in front of the (traditional) oil lamps during the annual Hindu festival at Kheer Bhawani temple in Tulmul village of Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. On this religious eve, people from different faiths and regions visit the temple.
5
A local vendor sells sun-dried fish in the city center Lal Chowk. In Kashmir, Hokh-e-Seuin (sun-dried vegetables and fish) in winter is considered as the prime source of alternative food during the harsh climate days.
6
Young boys swim in a water canal to beat the heat in Chitirgham village of Kashmir’s Budgam district.
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A fisherman casts his net at dusk on a cold winter day to catch fish in the famous tourist spot – Dal Lake in central Kashmir.
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A woman doing a heterodox religious practice of tying a knot from a thread for a wish after offering Friday prayers at Dargah Hazratbal.
9
An elderly man selling snacks and nuts in front of a closed shop in Old city, Srinagar.
10
Shopkeepers warm themselves by a bonfire of cartons as temperature dips in Kashmir during last winter.
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A shopkeeper selling hot snacks made of fish, nuts and vegetables, only found in Kashmir, in old city, Srinagar.
12
Women washing clothes near a tourist place Naranaag in Ganderbal district, Kashmir.
13
Selling homemade traditional oars for Shikaras (boats) on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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