Special Report

A Kashmiri bride.
Pic: Bilal Bahadur

Home Alone

A number of Kashmiri girls marrying outside the state find it hard to adopt and embrace new culture, food habits, customs etc and end up back home. Saima Bhat talks to three such



Face It

Ideally September 7, 2014 floods should have served as a warning for our sleepy administration who seem to have developed a penchant for acting only when water is literally over our heads. But



Promising Start

Zameer Ahmad Government run institutions are rarely seen as centers of excellence in J&K. Be that in the realm of academics, healthcare, research and development or corporations running on commercial lines. Most of




KUPWARA At the outset, they claimed they had brought the “murder accused” for interrogation and taken him to hospital for his chest pain where he gave them a slip. Then, they “recovered” his


The Straight Curve

Arshid Malik


Arshid Malik Introspectively, I have come to conclude that shopping mall culture is just not for Kashmir. We have seen so many shopping malls built over the decade in Kashmir with very little


A scene inside a slum.
Pics  by Reporters

Slummed Lives

Thanks to Srinagar Municipal Corporation, slums are now permanent fixtures in city’s dotting landscape and their inhabitants, corporation’s “unofficial” employees. Insha Nisar Mir & Insha Farhat spend a day in one such slum to see how SMC’s



Linguistic Games

Mohammad Ahseem This year on 21st of February the world will be observing 15th anniversary of world mother tongue day. The day proclaimed by UNESCO has been observed since 1999 to promote the




As gunmen barged inside the office of French Magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people including the celebrated cartoonists known for their controversial cartoons on the prophet of Islam, an anti-Muslim wave engulfed


Tundup Dorjey in his office.
Pic: Bilal Handoo

From Bang to Boom

After overcoming the parental hurdles, a young man driven by community sense started working to put Leh on tourism map. Fifteen years after, both tourism and the man is thriving in the cold


A file picture of stranded Pakistani truck drivers playing football at Slamabad.
Photo Courtesy: AFP

Drugging A CBM

At a time when PDP is reportedly seeking assurances from Narendra Modi led BJP government to strengthen the cross-LoC trade and travel, the drug haul at Slamabad may add yet another compelling factor

News Notes


News Note

Swine flu Swine flu or H1N1 is a reality now. We cannot just shut our eyes and ears and wish it away. With 80 people tested positive and 8 death so far, the

Photo Feature

Fisherwomen wait for customers to show up as moderate snowfall.

Breaking Dry Spell

As valley witness fresh spell of snowfall on Thursday photojournalist Bilal Bahadur captures life around city’s business hub Lal Chowk           

Arts & Culture


An Incomplete CANVAS

It was her husband’s wish to see her become a celebrated artist. But before Naseema could finish her first major work, he died leaving behind a family of three to fend for themselves.



Cheer of Voice

by Hirra Sultan  In the cheer of her voice Laid hidden distress of her voice   In her chirpy bubbly nature Laid hidden someone mature   In her happy carefree ways Laid hidden


Pics: Durdana Bhat

Unreported  Alleys

Almost six months after floods hit valley, Mandir Bagh in the heart of the city continues to be a haunting place with flood-torn houses and structures. Durdana Bhat picks some untold stories from


Pic: Durdan Bhat

Sighs and Echoes

Durdana Bhat The whole world seems saying: there is a way out of everything. So then I thought of opening the door and going indoors. Just to collect the waves and cease them.

Young Artist

Young Artist

Fahad Mubarak s/o Mubarak Ahmad Shah of Homshalibugh (Yaripora), Kulgama is a 4th standard student at EFF EMM School Islamabad. He drew this cartoon for Kashmir Young Life.



Soft Targets  

With no educational infrastructure available back home students from Kashmir end up becoming victims of anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmiri rhetoric in mainland India. Saima Bhat talks to one of the eight students who was


Sheikh Nazir

The One With No Title

With NC veteran leader Sheikh Nazir Ahmad laid to rest, Kashmir Life reproduces here a longish blog of his nephew and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. Written on May 2008, that was peak



Dawah through Facebook

Raashid Ul Nabi Khan Since my childhood I was having very much interest in Dawah (invitation towards Islam). But one thing was missing: a good platform. In 2009, my dream came true when