Art & Literature

 Zahid Mantoo

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 […]

 Web Desk

Junk Food… A short story

Junk Food… A short story

Waseem Makai  “They stitch the packets very tight, don’t they…? I mean do they sell gold or something?”  Kabir complained while opening the packet of tomato chips. “Well I think you should carry a scissor in your pocket….Hunh…. Give that to me”. I opened it for him and took a slice from it for my […]

 Zahid Mantoo

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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The disgrace to our Lal Ded

The disgrace to our Lal Ded

Zakir Malik  The intense wave of frigorific air Glacial icicles witness inhuman wintry! As the hope hapless mother held in the heartless, resulted in strangling of her faith in doctorhood! From the unequipped and dilapidated institute to the multi-speciality one. with the intention to avail care, a Gujjar mother and a human set the journey. […]

 Zahid Mantoo

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 […]

 Zahid Mantoo

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. […]

 Sahil Mudasir

First Snowfall

First Snowfall

Those white crystals Sent from the heavens Are, but the blessings For those, Who welcome its arrival. There are, indeed, Praises of His majesty Juxtaposed with prayers To bless them all Who behold its fall. Alas! I don’t stand there Still a familiar ripple Waves a musical wand Into my dead lanes, And pull my soul […]

 Zahid Mantoo

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 […]

 Arshid Aziz

Rise up again

Rise up again

O Commander! rise up again; In this abysmal darkness, light up again. Every flower scented with thy dew Let the lovers meet, don’t make them wait Now, the blossoms will bloom on other gate. Every petal of tulip weeps on grave Thy foes admit, commander was brave! Oh! The pen bled, the words got sink […]

 Mohamad Zubair ud Din

Autumn in Kashmir

Autumn in Kashmir

Life once resonated in full vigour There was romance in autumn songs Colours- Red, Orange and Brown Fired an inspiration to the ramble Pestering haze pierced by the peeping sun Lit a sparkle, winks and whirls Alas! nothing glittering remains of autumn Scared and terrified, it now stares Caught in the wrangle, heckled to coffin […]