Cover Photo: Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India

In the courtyard of Kashmir

The Mughal rulers conquered much of its territory in 1586 and were taken by the sheer beauty of the landscape. They called it jannat (paradise). But for the last seven decades or so, Kashmir has been a paradise lost, so to say. Its people trapped in a bitter acrimony between India and Pakistan. But amidst this, life vibrates endlessly. The writer finds out.

There were several boys and girls-all young- in the room. They were all family friends. But among them was Irtiza, the youngest sister of Irtiqa- our pretty Gudia Rani.

 tone was caustic.

Najib Anwar is a writer based in Kolkata, India.