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Shrieks heard on distant alps

Shrieks heard on distant alps

On a cold morn of 27 January, 1994. “Sheikh” opened his tea stall. The serene aura far and wide… On spur of the moment, single shot rattled calm ambiance ripened into an open-air morgue. … Frightened birds run off and scatter. Rifles emptied on innocent populace. Dead and wounded piled in heaps. 27 killed and […]

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Shrieks of Handwara bloodbath

Shrieks of Handwara bloodbath

Remembering the buried faces of “Bridge of no return”. The people wailing at Handwara chowk.(25 Jan, 1990) When 21 killed and 100’s wounded in hail of bullets like culling chicken. Bodies were piling on streets and blood flowing like stream. “Mohammad Maqbool” a part of pile hot blood trickling on my face, came alive by […]

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Bridge of hope crippled

Bridge of hope crippled

Chilly gusts of hot wind, roaming in search of blood. The bridge of hope crippled On the bridge of no return. And the echoed mountain rocks slide by wailing sounds. After bloodshed, hundreds laid down blood oozing wreathing in pain. Lift them to drink a single drop. Some jumped and drowned into “Chuntkul”. Thumping sound […]

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Snow will melt awhile

Snow will melt awhile

Dense pines will filter the “rays” Will not shade you… Breeze will not resuscitate you… Flowers will not adorn you… Alps will not cover you… Alpine glacier will slide …by the “rays”. Will flow swiftly …down a mountainside. And suffice water… Roaring river will not tranquil. …. Winds of Autumn blowing. Leaves falling down perpetually. […]

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Flake! What it is?

Flake! What it is?

Flakes all in all… Beauty of Flake? What it is? Life of drop forms “rime”, “sleet” and “diamond dust”. Some “dendrites”, “acicular” and a “Slush”. Wind sculpted, the form of “Zastrugi“. “Enigma” exposed. ….. At dawn a “mist” Snowpack with crust. At mid-morn began “corn”. The “Apharwat” enveloped. Souls skiing on champagne (Gulmarg). Again glacial […]

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Snowflakes

Snowflakes

At dusk, the fluffy snow whispered my ear, In the night, the bluff of colours the white painting dispersed my moon, the ink of solace. In the cold, the autumn trees and a panorama through naked scions curled branches, down with woe the leaden snow. In the midst of despairs demons wander and limbs rive […]

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Breeze of martyrs

Breeze of martyrs

Bijbehara “The Town Of Chinars” Leaves of Chinar ablaze. Blood streamed like another “Veth” of its roadside. After ablaze, Sandals on roadway and roadside. Scattered like leaves of Chinar. Mum about the next move. Silent, that no one to wear. Silkworm try to spin cocoon around. But the “Town Of Eagles” with eagle eye. Now […]

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I wanna fly

I wanna fly

I wanna fly, don’t stop me; Here is animosity which stops me; When I see myself the arrow pierced me. If they have athirst of me; See yourself why you kill me; I wanna fly don’t stop me. Don’t kill the desires of me; My mother is waiting for me; She wanders to see a […]

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Melting Glacier

Melting Glacier

In the valley of dreams; Was trying to build a home; And tranquility came. Snow covered mountains; Surrounding me; Gave me a peace. The glacier on a sunny day; Melting drop by drop; Roaring river flowing its beneath. I was sound asleep; Quinzhee of mine melt; Tears rolling off my face. Melting and taking me […]

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Cry from the flower of paradise

Cry from the flower of paradise

Where glaciers, lakes and springs make rivers; Small part called “Paradise”; Hospitality of “Paradise” rises and flows like river. Trek across the alpine mountains: From the beginning got awestruck by “Aharbal” fall; Water falling down by force; Striking stones, vapors arose; Be vapors shower love; Suspended tiny prisms form rainbow; Be rainbow astonish world. We […]