Zenaira Bakhsh

Is injecting drugs silently giving way to another epidemic in Kashmir?

Nine years ago, a friend made Altaf Ahmed*, then 20 years old, drink a concoction of opioid-based analgesics and carbonated drinks. “After half an hour I started enjoying the...

“Poetry feels like a person’s own”: Classical touch in Kashmir’s contemporary music

Poets have emerged in Kashmir throughout the centuries, shaped by the turmoil and zeitgeist of their time, writing poetry in Sanskrit, Persian, Urdu, but also their mother tongue Kashmiri. In...

“Be prepared for worst”: Kashmir hospitals running out of beds as COVID-19 cases increase

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase at an alarming rate in the Kashmir Valley, hospitals in the capital city Srinagar--where critically ill patients are being hospitalised--are...

Coronavirus turns Kashmir’s big fat weddings sombre

When thirty-year-old Muneera Rasool got engaged to Muneem Farooq in a modest ceremony at their residence in January this year, their families imagined the marriage to be lively and...

Mysterious felling of apple trees causes panic in south Kashmir village

Srinagar: On the morning of 5 June 2020, Abdul Rahim Bhat was informed by his neighbours that trees in his orchard had been chopped down amid the lockdown owing...

“Difficult to continue growing apples”: Hailstorm adds to woes of Kashmir’s orchardists

Recent hailstorm across the Kashmir Valley has damaged its apple crops. Orchards in south Kashmir’s Shopian, Pulwama, and Kulgam districts and central Kashmir’s Srinagar were hit on Wednesday evening,...