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Institution Housed in History

Institution Housed in History

Overlooked by mighty Chinars, queens wandered on its lush green lawns, leaders addressed people in its spacious assembly halls, and poets exchanged their wedding vows in the serenity of its antique hallways. And in this day and date, it still mesmerises the ardent knowledge seekers of Kashmir.
The palatial library of Women’s College M A Road of Kashmir has a vast political and literary past.
Situated in the heart of Kashmir’s summer capital, Srinagar, the building was home to widows of Dogra Maharajas who ruled Kashmir till 1947.  » Read more about: Institution Housed in History  »

Gas Samovar: Upgrading Traditions

Gas Samovar: Upgrading Traditions

When grassroots innovators from across the state showcased their inventions at the annual innovation festival held  in New Delhi earlier this year, Shazia, a 26-year-old school dropout from the south Kashmir’s Qazigund area, had no idea that her experiments with the traditional Kashmiri Samovar will bring accolades to her as well as to  the state. As the festival went on, Shazia’s confidence got a boost with experts and the visitors showing much interest in her innovation.  » Read more about: Gas Samovar: Upgrading Traditions  »

‘I will die of wounds and pain’

‘I will die of wounds and pain’

Sitting uncomfortably on the cold floor of her kitchen, Shagufta Akther (name changed), in her early thirties, recounts the cruelty inflicted on her by her husband.
Apart from narrating pains and sorrows of her married life, she shares her fears and apprehensions about the future security of her life. Akther narrates that her husband often in a fit of anger beats her to pulp.
The blackened bruise on her thigh was inflicted by him, she says,  » Read more about: ‘I will die of wounds and pain’  »

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