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His La-La Land

 
Nakhshab Kirmani
 
 Medical humanitarian organization, MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders), conducted a research in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, Kashmir University and the Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (IMHANS). The report found that 45 percent of Kashmir’s adult population i.e 1.8 million adults, suffer from some form of mental distress and 93 percent have conflict related trauma.
The conflict in Kashmir has not even spared people with mental disabilities. Locally known as “maet”,  » Read more about: His La-La Land  »

Rain

Zainab Shafiq
Satyajit was sipping his coffee as the initial rays of sunlight tiptoed through the meadows, gradually wrapping the sky in blue. The westward breeze whispered through the dry grass, infusing a spirit of vitality in everything as it flew past. Satyajit started pacing back and forth – his eyebrows furrowed and lips pressed together. For some totally inexplicit reasons, mornings had always taken a toll on him. Throughout his life, he’d never felt as much loneliness in any other part of the day as he did in the first hours.  » Read more about: Rain  »

Gender Crisis

Gender Crisis

In Srinagar’s Basant Bagh, the door of a modest home’s room has not been opened since the onset of militancy. Seemingly claustrophobic, the 6 x 3 ft room resembles a torture cell. It has the lone inmate, Muhammad Sultan Dar, known locally as Sul Maam, a septuagenarian transgender.
Reduced to a corner where he cooks, it needs a serious effort to get Sul Maam’s attention. “Bea Chusow Goub Bouzaan (I am hard of hearing),” Sul Maam said,  » Read more about: Gender Crisis  »

Lost

Lost

Lost my way, but I went on.
Lost my soul, but I went on.
Lost everything, but I went on.
Leaving behind the sorrows, vicious people and their fading promises.
Now I am in the court of conscience,
Apologetic in front of the creator, with his undeniable questions.
Getting to know that deeds of mine were in vain,
‘Cause sins are buried in my skin & unjustified pain.
Yes, I will be rewarded for my kindness,  » Read more about: Lost  »

Adieu.

Adieu.

Stay still for some more, my love,
in my flickering memory,
while I see you ascend
from a paradise-of-conflict,
to some ethereal melody.
See your adieu painting autumn
for eternity,
here in my triviality,
Leaves but one promising legacy,
a greater freedom.
I see you rising to heaven,
my coherence rotten,
with your wrenching separation,
from this paradise-of-conflict…  » Read more about: Adieu.  »

Time Bars

Time Bars

Can’t I forgot the time bounds?
Can’t I touch the velvet moments ?
I assure the glided happiness
I seek the magical adornments
Can’t I replace the calendars?
Can’t I break those TIME BARS?
Oh the laws of nature why betray me
Ah,again i feel the pain
Yes is”time and tide wait for none”
But why not we say they walk together
Can’t I shuffle the digits of year?
Can’t I fade away those memory tides?  » Read more about: Time Bars  »

Nowadays

Nowadays

Hearts grow into nuclear shells.
Years pass into days not known to us .
Love keeps slipping from our hearts.
Hatred to be seen for him amd her.
Through the clenched fists of silence,
No one bothers to bare the real.
What can you expect to be here .
It is still time to fear what is near.  » Read more about: Nowadays  »

Poem: The Tempest

Poem: The Tempest

 
Sparks fly from the wax light,
red and burning in the night.
The sound of wild rain,
rages through my brain.
Calls and cries endlessly,
In tears and trouble eternally.
like a spirit protests,
hunting for its soul to rest.
voice from the old burst my head,
with a thunder crash in my bed.
lost in the thoughts untold,
like a tempest uncontrolled.  » Read more about: Poem: The Tempest  »