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Three Poems

Three Poems

Syed Aamir Sharief Qadri In Kashmir, where violence and death act as a daily reminder of oppression, the traditional symbols of love, beauty and comfort too seem to represent an unconventional reality. Colours, flowers, home- all in one way or another have come to symbolize killings, loss, longing, commemoration and mourning, collectively making it an […]

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I do a crime, I wear a smile

I do a crime, I wear a smile

Naveed Jeelani Khan  You wake me up with the roaring guns Fill my sense with cutthroat calculations I break my fast with your brazen feasts Tear shells, bullets and other iron beasts In the valley torn down I do a crime, I wear a smile My grave! an exhibition of your nationalism Pierced eyes! a […]

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Lullaby

Lullaby

Hurmat Altaf My land is in need of a lullaby, A lullaby that may soothe it’s torn heart. From thousands of nights, My land hasn’t slept well. A perpetual nightmare haunts it, Like a beast haunts a deer. The nightmare of the shrieks of the innocent The nightmare of a mother’s sigh, The nightmare of […]

 Sameem Javeed Wani

Two ‘Ghazals’

Two ‘Ghazals’

Traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, introduction of Ghazal form of verse in English poetry is popularly ascribed to Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. Working on the same themes, Sameem  Javeed Wani here presents two ghazals invoking the grief and longing in a place that in itself has become a metaphor of grief […]

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Red Paradise

Red Paradise

Zahid Mantoo and Ather Mantoo In winter, the silent night, the “flurry” snow of “white paradise” and a sigh of peace. At dawn, the “blizzard” with blowing snow from “Pir Panjal”. …limbs rive in the orchards of paradise. It is not the chlamydomonas nivalis(algae) Growing in the orchard’s of paradise that turns white into red… […]

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The Lost Heaven

The Lost Heaven

Hurmat Altaf Beauty is everywhere, heavenly one was here. Mountains are all around, echoing voices used to go round and round. Lakes and rivers were the allure of this heaven, like that of the beauty of Helen. Tulips of this heaven used to bloom, until they met those who began to revulsion. Birds like dove, […]

 Zahid Mantoo

The vale lit by blazed maple leaf

The vale lit by blazed maple leaf

My eyes lit up by its luring beauty when I saw the “Vale” cradled in the lap of charming alps. With snow-capped pinnacles and colossal leas wrapped with verdure foliage. Pristine lakes with scintillating water. Turbulent waters gushing from the lakes. Pulsating and quivering like quicksilver. Cascading over the rocks. Cold zephyr and veiled azure […]

 Soudha Sultana

Fake Freedom

Fake Freedom

Under these Bullets and bombs Missiles and drones Our skin tone is not Still humanised enough To touch the merit of Human Rights… Because we don’t own Manacles of your So called “Revolutions” That are still caging our words In the prison of your “Fake freedom” Keep terrorizing Keep killing Keep droning our acreage Till […]

 Dr Ashraf Lone

My Reads of 2018

My Reads of 2018

Though nowadays, newspapers are just away a click of a finger but facebook has made it even easier. Follow any newspaper or magazine facebook page, you will get daily articles/updates in your facebook news feed. I don’t remember how many articles I might have read in 2018. May be in hundreds or a thousand above, […]

 Sheikh Aatif

I was lost

I was lost

I was lost in the middle of a sea I don’t know where to go Like a ship I was sailing For myself I was wailing Though I was searching my destiny To find the smile and end my agony It was not cushy for me Because I was lost in the middle of a […]

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