Rs.50K Bet On Stone Ali Gore

Certain things unique in one’s surroundings go unnoticed as ordinary. There is one such overground stone called Ali Gore in Siraj area of District Doda which I hold to be the biggest one in the whole of J&K State.

Keeping its overwhelming size in view & bring it to prominence I hereby lay a bet of Rs.50,000 on it. Any contender of J&K who claims & proves that the overground stone in his or her area is bigger than Ali Gore will be entitled to receive the cheque of bet amount & if the claimant loses he or she will have to pay me the equal amount through cheque. The cheques will be kept with some noted person of the State, say for instance with the Hon’ble Advisor to HEG, Jenab Khurshid Ahmed Ganai.

Contest conditions :

  1. The stone should be overground. It should not be a creeping rock or its protrusion.

2.Only the visible portion of the stone above the surface will be measured/assessed in respect of its dimension ie height, circumference etc. It should have its visible individual entity.

  1. The judge(s) will be mutually accepted person(s).
  2. The challenge of Ali Gore is only for the overground stones lying in J&K State at the initial stage.

Before venturing out let the contenders read a brief autobiographical account of my stone :

” It needs a lion’s heart to look up from my base or stand at the top. All the adversaries across have come tumbling down by my mere frown. That is why they perhaps call me Ali.

” My name is Ali Gore. I’m located to the west of Doda town at village Ganika at a distance of 12 km. beside a vehicular road on Doda-Ganika-Bhupa Pul stretch on the left bank of the Ladher stream.

” While I am static, my sister Ladher is always in a state of fluid. When & how we siblings, one stationary & another mobile, were born I don’t know but we do keep looking at each other day & night since ages.

” I have seen generations & generations of humans. Their children to & fro swimming would play, yell & quarrel over my body but has childhood disappeared from the present generation ? I do love children. Let them play with me.They make me cheerful…..”



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Shyam Bijyal

A former bureaucrat, Bijyal spends his life as a peasant in the middle mountains of Jammu and Kashmir. Schooled in Doda, he graduated from Udhampur and obtained the postgraduate degree from the University of Jammu. Bijyal happened to the first to qualify for Combined Services Competitive Exam, called Kashmir Administrative Services or KAS from the backward area of Siraj spread along the right bank of the river Chenab from Kishtwar to Ramban. He love springs and streams, meadows and mountains. Presently a farmer settled in the native village Ganika of District Doda in Jammu and Kashmir.

Wish : When I die I would like my ashes to be immersed in the Ladher stream & the Dal Lake & dispersed over the Shankaracharya Hill & my most cherished highland pasture Makhan Baggi - literally & virtually The Butter Land.

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