From RJ’s Boost Talk to Lensmen’s Landscape: Kashmir in Offbeat Bulletin

AS regular Covid-19 updates are dominating news during present pandemic, some other happenings have largely taken a backseat.

However, finding way and expression on social media, some of the offbeat news today reflects the promise of life amid lackluster lockdown.

There’s an artist busy canvassing Kashmir’s everyday tryst in his cartoons, while a bevy of Instagramers are making many nostalgic about the pandemic-free valley glimpses.

These happenings clearly reflect the cravings for the world which existed before the novel coronavirus shut it down.

Here’s Kashmir Observer’s curated list of some offbeat events catching everyone’s attention on Instagram amid distressing pandemic updates.

Handles Serving Pandemic-free Paradise

To break the current monotony of covid chronology and to suffice your hunger of paradise, an award-winning photographer, Dar Yasin manages your fixation towards the valley, besides keeping you out from the negative mess.

Yasin is based in Srinagar and works as a photo-journalist for Associate Press. He has covered it all, from beauty to beast, from colours to sickness, from festivities to funerals. His account is one of the most narrative handles on Instagram if you have to dive in.

Omar Bazaz is another name in this list who has managed to capture KASHMIR like never before. He’s a travel photographer and writer. He has got published in a few major media agencies. From beautiful, wrenching portraits to soul-stirring landscapes, he has it all in this store for you.

Another one is Yamin Chowdhary, a writer-cum-photographer who has spared no effort in showing Kashmir what is known for: Paradise. There’s a certain amount of relativity in the way he has put all the stories out there.

Moving from personal accounts of photographers, here’s a page called CaptivatingKashmir which shows Kashmir and area around. This account has stories from around the world travellers. It’s a delightful watch and not to mention it indeed is an epitome of surreal utopia.

RJ’s Musical Motivation

As the valley has been suffering from the crucial lockdown for the longest, the entertainment police have taken a charge to do their bit considering the current stressful scenario in Kashmir.

RJ’s of Kashmir have taken an initiative to entertain people and also subtly motivate them to see the brighter side of life.

Through his unique content presentation, RJ Vijdan motivates and entertains people. Vijdan, whose real name is Vijdan Saleem, hails from Quil Maqaam in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Similarly, RJ Rafia is motivating, raising awareness, entertaining and most importantly acknowledging the hidden gems of the valley.

Currently, she’s working on a campaign where she talks to corona warriors. The content has done really well among the people in restoring peace and harmony at this dreadful time.


The Faithful Story of Hazratbal

Amidst all the chaotic situation in the valley, comes the post of Aamir Wani, an award-winning Kashmiri photographer and poet.

Wani has been introducing different sides and phases of Kashmir to the world which is beyond paradise, love, religion, poetries and fear.

On the pious occasion of Ramzan, he posted a video, where an old man is explaining the beautiful meaning of faith and religion in order to maintain peace and harmony during the revered month for Muslims world over.

“I feel a strong pull towards the elderly and as soon as I saw this man sitting in the courtyard of Hazratbal on a warm summer morning, I knew I have to talk to him. I sat with him that morning and talked about a lot of things, mostly about his understanding of faith…”

Canvassing the Caged World

Suffering and artist share some mystifying bond. All the artists have created unbeatable art during the time of high-intensity pain.

Mir Suhail is one such artist who is creating iconic models during the time of the dreadful virus. A political cartoonist, Suhail’s work has appeared in Kashmiri and international publications.

His art is highly appreciated and valued. His Instagram handle has created a stir in the political zone.

The way he has portrayed the agony of hunger wouldn’t have been more real than this:


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