Legend has it that 400 years ago, some Baghdadis on horsebacks traversed the Himalayas and arrived in Kashmir with the coppersmith craft. Today, their progeny populating an old city pocket are keeping the trade alive through their dexterity and innovation.
A young bridal wear designer in Kashmir, she is redefining the legacy of traditional bridal trousseau of Kashmir. Shehla is making it modern, yet keeping the ethnic design and nuances intact. The brides of Kashmir are loving it.
Kashmir has more area under apple cultivation than the world’s second largest producer, the US. Kashmir exports 20 lakh metric tons of apple annually and generates Rs 9000 crore revenue per annum.
Kashmir Observer expert panelists Mr Saleem Beg, Convener, INTACH, and former Vice Chairman LAWDA, Mr Irfan Yasin, deconstructed the Srinagar Master Plan for 2021-2035 in this Kashmir Observer Podcast.
Mobile phone services started in Kashmir in 2003. But it took them 17 years to reach a village in Baramulla district. The inhabitants of Rajpora village are overjoyed as their phones have started buzzing and they don’t have to travel three kilometres any more to catch the signal.
Rendered jobless in the run up to Article 370 abrogation on August 5, 2019, Kashmir’s fabled houseboat community is staring at the existential crisis today. After suffering whopping lockdown losses last year, their new season started on a sour note. The rampaging virus and the subsequent pandemic lockdown further crippled the community, now mulling to change their line of work.
Prof Agha Ashraf Ali talks about his life and times in an informal chat with Sajjad Haider, Editor-in-Chief, Kashmir Observer. The video was recorded in the early spring of 2002
The strike came when the security grid was gearing up for the August 15, the day when Kashmir witnesses an intense security cover and curbs
Kashmir’s Covid Warriors: The outbreak of Covid-19 instilled such a fear in people that they even abandoned their deceased loved ones. Amid this gloomy situation a Srinagar Samaritan emerged on the scene. He came to the rescue of distressed families.
Last year, when Kashmiris spent Eid Al-Azha under stifled breaths and hushed sacrifices, they hoped from their future, an Eid celebrated free and fair. But much to everyone’s dismay, the haunting deserted landscape of last year, refused to dissipate this time as well.