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  The Kashmiri word “Pheran” is contraction of the Persian word “pairahan” which literally means garment & which clearly shows its origin to the time of Mughal rulers who had Persian descent; notwithstanding, some Kashmiri Pandits in recent times have tried to connect its origin to the Greek word “Apron” &...
During first half of May 1928, Lord Headley visited Kashmir. This visit was significant for diverse reasons. But before proceeding further it may be of interest to know who Headley was. In the Peerage of Ireland, a title, Baron Headley was created in 1797 and continued till 1994. The...
“I do not regret the pain and agony I faced in my early days, shuffling from one refugee camp to other, for I believe that has made me a stronger person, in nearly every aspect of life. Of course it was not like this always but when I look...
For over a decade, a movie theatre for watching a movie has been an alien concept. Of course, during this period, many movies were seen, mostly on TV, at home. Some on a laptop after downloading an interesting thing from YouTube! Since this luxury of watching 'The Accidental Prime Minister'...
After YouTube faced a severe backlash from conservatives who claimed that their content was heavily suppressed by the video-sharing platform, a seven-year-old boy recently earned a staggering $22 million in 2018 alone from the channel that reviews toys and features him playing with them. Forbes ranked Ryan of Ryan Toys Review...
Holi has a Muslim history as well. Revered Sufi saints like Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Ameer Khusro have, in their chaste Persian and Hindvi poetry, adored the 'pink' festival generously. The last Moghul Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, allowed his Hindu ministers to smear his forehead with gulal on Holi. He...
It’s around six in the evening and as shadows grow long on the polo ground, a shrill whistle seeks attention of a group of young men busy kicking a football. Nadiya Nighat is a hard taskmaster and her wards — 15 for this training session — are asked to watch...
Geetika's inclination towards writing started at a very young age and it didn't take much long for others to notice that. Her father was one of the earliest lots who witnessed her knack for writing, being the first reader of the poem she had written at the age of...
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday wished the Indian Army on the occasion of the 71st Army Day. The Army Day is celebrated on January 15 as on this day in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Indian commander-in-chief of the Indian Army. Field Marshal...
Meet this young Kashmiri girl, who seems nothing like you’d expect Over the years, the mountainous region along the line of control (L-o-C) in Jammu and Kashmir has become her second home. She has seen first-hand how regional events between the two nations have hurt locals’ lives, property and much...