Champions of the Valley

Kashmir, a land which is mostly known for its colossal scenic beauty, landscapes, handicrafts and unique goods, is now making headlines every other day because of its uprising stupendous talent in different fields.
Here, we are going to talk about two Kashmiri kids,  Arwa Imtiyaz and Hasim Manzoor, who have achieved a recognition at national and international level.  Let’s walk you through their success story which is the talk of the town.

Arwa Imtiyaz: – Arwa Imtiyaz, a 15-year old girl hailing from Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir is a voice for many people who cannot hear or speak. This class 10th student plays a crucial role of translator for over 300 sportspeople.  Arwa`s mother and brother cannot hear or speak.  Since her childhood she had observed the discrimination faced by her family members and other dumb and deaf people, hence she decided to help them.

She came in contact with sports people who are deaf and dumb because of her brother, who is a badminton player. Since she knew the sign language, she decided to bring a change in society.  She became the voice of voiceless not for money. As quoted in an interview with Awra, “Money is not all to me but I want to help people like my mother, maternal uncle, and aunt, who cannot speak. My mother Rehana can’t speak or hear”.
Waheed Ur Rehman Parra,has appreciated Arwa’s inspirational efforts. In the age where teenagers have little idea about the life, Arwa’s has carved her way by helping others.

Hasim Manzoor: – As they say that age does not matter, we would like to introduce Hasim Manjoor, a seven -year -old resident of Bandipora, Kashmir who clinched gold at Asian Youth Karate Championship (AYKC), held in New Delhi. He won the gold medal in the sub-junior category (below25kg) after defeating his Sri Lankan opponent in the finale.

Before qualifying to finals he defeated his Bhutanese and Malaysian opponents to bag a gold for the country.
At this tender age when a kid hardly knows the meaning of hard work, Hasim with his hard work and passion has shown outstanding performance at an international level. He is definitely among some extraordinary kids.
Time and again Kashmir proves that this place is just not about tourism and handicrafts but also about the hard work and passion to Jammu and Kashmir at national and International platforms and make the whole nation are proud of it.  Earlier 8- year- old Tajjamul Islam had become the first Indian player to clinch a gold medal in the sub-junior category at the world kickboxing championship.

New Kashmir wishes a great journey ahead for these super talented kids.

10 things why Pahalgam winter festival is a must go

As winter comes with a bunch of festival and surprises. Jammu & Kashmir tourism recently brought everyone`s very favourite Pahalgam winter festival on 17th and 18th February. The colours and joy of Pahalgam winter festival took everyone`s eye. Here are the 10 thing why Pahalgam winter festival is a must go,

1.)  Beauty: – Like every year this year also a two-day winter carnival was organised in Pahalgam for celebrating winters and beauty of Kashmir. For all those who just missed out this amazing winter carnival, make a plan for the next year`s winter festival. It is a must go place.


2.)   Kashmiri art:- This year special focus was made to the different art forms of Kashmir. People from around the country attended the festival. The colourful and quirky Kashmiri art made a major attraction to the tourists. Art lovers, this is a must go place to treat your eyes with different Kashmiri art form.


3.)   Food: – The mouth-watering Kashmiri delicacies would force the foodie inside you to plan for the winter carnival in Kashmir. Each and every cuisine of Kashmir has a uniqueness in it. Food lovers from different places attended this festival. Wazwaan, Noon-chai, Mutton Rogan josh, Kashmiri pulao and many other foods were on the list. Top Kashmiri chefs presented their foods at their respective food stalls.


4.)   Kashmiri folk music: – We cannot deny the fact that Kashmiri folk music is rich in itself. Kashmiri folk music has a different style which is perfectly magical. Its culture Kashmiri folk music would be the suitable option.


5.)   Picture exhibition: – Within a decade Kashmir has evolved in various ways, photography is one of them. Kashmir`s picturesque is captured by various photographers or in many paintings. Many renowned Kashmiri photographers like Aamir Wani (#Kashmirthroughmylens) also presented their picture in the exhibition. Picture exhibition part took everyone`s attention during this winter festival. The creativity of Kashmiri artists was presented here.


6.)   Music and comedy show: – Many artists from Kashmir and even outside of Kashmir came to perform at this two-day event.  Performances by great singers and comedians made the event more beautiful and huge.


7.)   The feel of riding a Tonga: – Tonga ride which is everyone`s favourite was also arranged during this festival. The joy of Tonga ride made everyone crazy about this winter carnival. Tonga ride was adding the vintage flavour to the whole event. This part of the festival decorated the whole event.


8.)   Earthen pots:- The trend of earthen pots in Kashmir is from the ancient time. They got the feel of the village at the same time in this carnival. These earthen pots looked very attractive where most of the people could easily relate to it and felt nostalgic.


9.)   Skiing: – One thing for which people are mad about is skiing in Kashmir. The only place in India that offers the best skiing is in Pahalgam, Kashmir. Many tourists from around the world attended this festival to ski.


  10.) Experience the Village life around Pahalgam:- People just couldn`t get enough of this winter festival. They revisited their own culture, the beauty of Pahalgam village and fell for it over and again. The unbelievable crowd was gathered to create their best experience in the beautiful village of Kashmir. 

Mark your calendar for the upcoming 2k19 Pahalgam winter carnival if you missed out this year!

Trendsetters from Kashmir

Today let’s introduce you to some Kashmiri youths, who spotted/started new trends early on and decided to spread their ideas and lead the way. The scenario of Kashmir has changed completely in around a decade. The youths of Kashmir are setting trends in various domains and are making an impact in the valley as well as in the country. Here are some #Trendsetters from Kashmir who proved nothing is impossible for them. The term #Trendsetter basically refers to a person or a group who leads the way in any idea. When a combination of creativity and imagination bring a new change in the way and lifestyle, they are considered to be the trendsetter.
1.) Jajeer talkies: – Jajeer talkies, established in 2015, is a trendsetter in the world of Kashmiri humour. It is Kashmir`s first comedy group which was cofounded by talented Shoaib, Aahmed Hussain and Faheem Firdous Quereshi. It is a registered media publishing and entertainment brand. They have huge fan following on Social Media Platforms as their scripts are full of wit and humor. After Jajeer talkies many group of comedians flourished out of the valley and we hope and wish them all a great journey ahead.
2.) Kashmirthroughmylens: – Aamir Wani, a Kashmiri photographer and poet has made his way through his pictures. Kashmirthroughmylens, a popular page on Instagram captures the beauty of Kashmir in a never seen before Kashmir. His beautiful imagery with the perfect combination of his words will make you sit and adore them. The way he captures the beauty of the valley through his lens is worth praising. His pictures loudly and clearly speaks of his dedication, passion and love for photography.Kashmirthroughmylens is the #Trendsetter from Kashmir and has taken photography to another level. Many photographers from the valley who were passionate about this profession have started their own page on Instagram now. It’s a must follow page if you are nature`s lover and art lover.
3.) Parsa`s café: – Café is usually a small and informal place serving refreshment, but in modern times this term has broadened its type and now we can see varieties of café which are fascinating. Parsa`s café is one such fascinating café started by Javid Parsa in 2014. He tied up with a lesser known Kathi junction fast food franchise which outperformed by the year 2016. Javid has a strong dedication for his work, a Kathi junction food project became Parsa`s café. He was a motivation to his friends and he guided them at each step and they together became the #Trendsetter. He is micro influencer on social media.
As we come to the end of our article, we promise our readers that New Age Kashmir will very soon come up with more such inspiring people who set a new trend in the valley. We at New Age Kashmir wish each of the change makers a happy and successful journey ahead.

Iram and Jaffar- The Real faces of creativity.

As the curtains fall on 2017, it would not be too far off the mark to mention that it has been a complete eventful year for the valley as whole. From Innovative technological developments to creative developments, 2017 has been a year which will go down in the history of Kashmir for various milestones and achievements in diverse fields made by the people of the valley. The back to back developments in Kashmir made everyone proud and we just can’t stop praising them.

The word impossible itself says “I’m possible”. These talents have proven it right, and the special thing about them is, they followed their passion and success came following them. It’s always a pleasure to write about such inspiring people.

Steve Jobs had said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” One special thing about these people are, they always followed their passion and loved it, and when you love what you do you get great results.

The Real faces of creativity

Here are the two Kashmiri Youth who proved that nothing is impossible and became an inspiration in the Valley:

1.) Iram Mehraj: – Iram Mehraj hailing from Peerbagh, Srinagar is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters. Iram was very learned and curios since her childhood. She did her Post graduation in Biotechnology from Bangalore and completed her B.ED from Kashmir University. She has also worked in Max Healthcare, in New Delhi and then in SKUAST in Kashmir. She is passionate about cooking and is also fond of learning new things through articles and blogs. After completing her education and working for few years in Delhi then in Kashmir, started her own venture called ‘Shreen Libas’, a first among the online stores for women. She started this online business through Facebook in 2014 by #ShreenLibas. After getting fruitful results through Facebook, she took to Instagram and Whatsapp to help her reach a wider group of people. Slowly ‘Shreen Libas’ became a famous name and an inspiration.

2.) Jaffar Rather: – Jaffar Rather is another example of inspirational from the valley. This is the journey of Plumber to a Youtuber, a journey will motivate you and inspire you to keep persevering till you succeed. With merely Rs 100 in his pocket, Jaffar moved to Srinagar at the age of Initially in Srinagar, he was placed at a house as a care-taker. While working as a care-taker of that family he requested them to place him in the government sector and as luck would have it, he got enrolled into ITI (industrial training institute), Srinagar to take training in plumbing. He underwent the training for 2 years (from 1996-1998). Jaffar, after working into this sector for18 years, now has a team of 15 plumbers. He is now getting big projects and a very reputed company ‘Jaquar’ hired him as a product Installer. Further on his journey, and a knack for learning new things led him to start his own YouTube channel as ‘JK plumbing’. He is an inspiration to us all. Team New Age Kashmir wishes all the luck and success ahead to Iram and Jaffar. May you achieve all you desire. These stories of the ones who fell but got up much stronger are really motivational and New Age Kashmir promises you to bring more such inspiring stories from Kashmir.

Iqra Rasool-Kashmir’s New Cricket Sensation

“First they ignore you,
Then they laugh at you,
Then they fight you,
Then you win.”

In a world that continues to see ‘ambition’ as a character flaw in women, the real life story of a confident, ambitious, better skilled and ready to take the world by storm, young sisters, Geeta (Fatima) and Babita Phogat’s (Sana), ‘Dangal’ offered a lot of surprises which was both inspiring and entertaining.
Breaking the taboo of Indian women participating in a sport considered to be dominated by men, just like the Phogat sisters, our very own Iqra Rasool from Baramullah district is quite a match for boys in cricket Dangal.

Seventeen year old Iqra Rasool was born into an ordinary family with an extra-ordinary dream. Her dream is to lead the Indian National Women’s Team at an International arena besides meeting the captain of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli. She had learnt how to bat by just watching the captain. She had also written many letters to Virat asking him for guidance, which to her great disappointment were never delivered.

Baramulla’s ‘super girl’ looked doubters and setbacks straight in the eye and started living the life of her dreams. But life so far hasn’t really been a cake-walk for her.
Success is due
 less to ability than to zeal.
Iqra’s zeal was so big that she used to go to practice by hiding her cricket gear under her pheran (Kashmiri dress), as the conservative society stood in the way of her ambition.

It was never easy for Iqra to play cricket in a society that tends to resist change. She faced social pressures from family, her friend circle, but she passed all tests with her fierce will-power and dedication. The 17-year-old relocated to West Bengal to explore more opportunities which could bring her closer to her ambitions. At present, she is aspiring to play for Bengal.

A two-storey building in the dusty congested lanes of Kashmir is where Iqra dreamed of playing in the international arena. Her room mirrors many memories of struggles in the form of medals and certificates.
She had represented Jammu & Kashmir at the U-19 and U-23 level.

Right from my childhood, I played cricket with both boys and girls. But I want to lead my team to a victory. I’ve played volleyball and handball, but my first and last love is cricket and my dream is to lead the Indian National Team in an international arena,” said Iqra Rasool.

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At a time when young girls flaunt their bangles and toys collection, Iqra started dreaming of cricket ball and stumps.
There was a time when everyone thought sports was a man’s property, but today Iqra is proving everybody wrong. The young girl has won lots of medals, applause and most importantly hearts.

NewAge Kashmir wishes that the road ahead for Iqra is filled with multiple opportunities and she turns them into a sky high success story.

Three girls from the Kashmir who shine in Taekwondo, china

The Kashmir valley region is famous for its picturesque natural beauty, this land is filled with natural beauty but it does not end here.

Kashmir is way above than nature and its beauty. Since Kashmir is our talk how can we forget to discuss about the recent achievement of Kashmir in China. Recently, three girls from Kashmir won millions of heart by giving a thunder shot performance in Macau open Taekwondo championship in china. After such a major win in China India is really celebrating and these girls have become a common name on every Kashmiri`s mouth.

What is Taekwondo?

A game which has now become a necessity for self-defence was originated in Korea. This game has a strong history and it’s one of the oldest form of Martial art. This game got its name by the way it is practiced. Tae is foot, Kwon means hand and Do means art which literally means the way of foot and fist.

Taekwondo started in Kashmir at a very low level and it took a lot of efforts to make the people aware about the benefits from this sport. But once it made its reach to people they started taking interest in it and girls were pushed forward to learn Taekwondo. Many Taekwondo training classes started in Kashmir to empower girls. This showed really good impact and brought laurels to the valley. We feel really proud in saying that this valley indeed is filled with many talented people which is taking our country to another level.

Gems of Taekwondo from Kashmir

Three girls from the valley shine in the Taekwondo in China and made the name of nation internationally. Hearts were filled with pride of those parents who saw their daughters making the nation proud. Well, definitely its time to shout out loud for these super talented girls.

Manar Mushtaq, Momina Manzoor and Mehsoon Fatima these are the three names that created sensation in Taekwondo, China. Well, age is just a number if we are talking about these girls. Manar Mushtaq is studying in class 4th and she is completely dedicated to make a future in this sport. A class 4th girl has done miracle and became so famous at a very small age. While at the same time Momina Manzoor is also an amazing kid, she is a student of Doon International School. She is also just in standard 7th and she is also a dedicated Taekwondo player. Mehsoon Fatima who hails from Leh is also a student of Doon International School and she is born player. She has a lot of interest in football, basketball and cricket also she has been into sports since her childhood. Manar Mushtaq and Mehsoon Fatima bagged silver in Taekwondo in china. While on the other hand Momina Manzoor also received award at this event. Coming from average background they showed the world that you need dedication and a lot of hard work to build and bring out the best person from you. It was not an easy task but they accepted the challenge and proved that nothing is impossible if your will power is strong. Parents of these girls are the real heroes who supported their child without letting a hurdle come into the ways of their daughter.

They fulfilled the dream of their daughters as if it was theirs. Today the whole country is inspired by these kids who did wonders and they surely going to create more wonders in future. We really wish them all the success!

Afsan Ashiq- The Journey Of Kashmiri Footballer from Attacker to Defender

Kashmir is not only rich in picturesque views and cultural heritage but also a hub of talented people. It fills me with immense pride when Kashmir is in news not for violence and blood shed but for its ample opportunities of development. Kashmiri’s fondness for sports is ever increasing and Football has our hearts. Today I am amazed to know about Ms. Afsan Ashiq who has made a name in Football, is now one big face from Kashmir. I would like to quote a beautiful line which summarises her story.

“Sometimes in the wind of change we find our true direction.”

Her picture while pelting stone at Army became viral. Under the destructive influence and as a misguided youth she was part of stone pelting. In the view of development, the trend for women’s football in Kashmir goes back to 2007 and Nadiya was the first female coach of women`s football club in Kashmir. This was the turning point for Afsan stood strong against all the odds and decided to do something valuable with her life. Her self-realization proved a path of success and better life.By changing her life, she became inspiration for others as well. The efforts of the state’s women team were also recognised by Home Minister Rajnath Singh who met them and paid attention to their demands The Government of Kashmir will be now taking initiatives to plan a better sports infrastructure.

From attacker to defender, it`s all about the journey and struggles of Afsan and how she made her way through everything. Afsan’s story is another example of homecoming. Hope more Kashmiri youth specially the misguided youth, follow suit. The joy of becoming a captain of J&K and getting into national women`s football team is empowering. We already were hearing a lot of news from last few days that how Kashmiri female football club is making a huge name and the efforts of players are worth appraisal. They are learning every possible technique of Football to excel in the field. Female Football club is the new trend setter. After cricket, football can be the next sport with which people have a better connection. As they say that in India cricket is a religion but football is a way of life. We appreciate Afsan that she chose her way of life so well that it led her to her success and she is motivating others from Kashmir to follow their passion without giving a second thought to it. This young Kashmiri talent proved that dreams and dedication are powerful combination. New Age Kashmir wished that she achieve all she deserve and desire for. All the success to this new champion of valley.

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Ladakh is one such place in India that leaves us awestruck, so do the people! Chewang Norphel is one such name that has created wonders in the beautiful land of Ladakh. He is also known as “Ice Man of India” because he has created more than 15 artificial glaciers in Ladakh.

He is an 81 years old civil engineer who is currently working for the welfare of Ladakh. Coming from a middle-class family, Norphel never compromised with his education and made it his priority. He was a student of Amar Singh College in Srinagar of science stream. Thereafter, he went to Lucknow for his further studies and completed his diploma in civil engineering in 1960 from Lucknow. After completing his diploma in 1960, he returned to Ladakh and joined the rural development department of Jammu & Kashmir in Ladakh. After working for 35 years in this department, in 1995 he took an early retirement due to health issues. During his service period he has constructed major dams, roads and schools in Zanskar, a small place in Ladakh.  Construction in Zanskar was a challenging task because of the lack of skilled labor, so, he also trained the native of Zanskar for help.
“It gave me a great pleasure. I was happy to see that a little support from my side had changed their lives,” Norphel said.

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He was a keen observer and a problem solver.
As, Ladakh faces very limited rainfall (about 50mm) in the whole year. So the local farmers suffered from shortage of water during the cropping season. As a native of Ladakh, it was painful for Norphel seeing the people of Ladakh struggling with the need of water.  In 1996, while working on a non-government project- leh Nutrition project, he came up
with the idea of building Artificial Glaciers for water conservation.  His idea was very new to the people of Ladakh and people were not convinced by this concept. People took his idea as a joke but he proved them wrong. Today, he is known as the “ice man” because he believed in his concept and created more than 15 artificial glaciers.

As they say, worked hard in silence and let success make the noise.
The Ice Man Of India - Chewang Norphel - Newagekashmir” The idea of Artificial glaciers came to Chewang Norphel’s mind, when he saw that water dripping from tap froze after coming in contact with the ground. Putting this idea, he conserved the water that melted from glaciers during winters through underground pipes. Those underground pipes are connected through steep valley which helped the water to flow. The pipes are kept in the form of fountains near villages, coming in contact with -20 degree air the water that comes from the pipe freezes and hence form the artificial glacier. While on the other hand he made canals and diverted the stream of water so that it could be supplied to all nearby villages. His hard work and engineering skills successfully gave birth to first artificial glacier.”

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The idea was to keep the glaciers very close to the village so that farmers could get the required amount of water during the sowing season. He initiated his project in Phutske village in Ladakh. The height of these glaciers were kept at low heights as compared to the natural glaciers so that the artificial ones could melt quickly. His largest artificial glacier is at Phutske village whose height is 1,000ft, 150 meters wide and 4ft in depth. This artificial glacier can supply water to the entire village. The cost of construction for this glacier was about INR 90,000.

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Chewang Norphel set an example for the people around the world, and proved that concrete ideas and determination to work for it, can simply change everything. He was also awarded by Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 2010 and Padma Shri in 2015. He got a new identity and became an example for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. All we can say about him is that he found himself when he lost himself in the service of others.

Lonestar Kashmir F.C : For those who choose football over anything!

‘Lonestar’ means a single-star that outshines all the others, which is the official name given to the first professional Football Club in Kashmir.

“There will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will be mistakes, BUT with hard work and teamwork there will be no limit!” This is perhaps the most perfect line of this article. Success has
nothing to do with talent, at the most it will set your foot on the door of opportunity, but the truth is that no matter how talented you are, your passion always pays off. And those who follow their passion shines brighter.

Football is a game of DARE, and the dare is not to lose! In face of odds, Kashmir holds a history when it comes to football. Let’s unfold the story of football in Kashmir. Football is one of the sports that
have grown exponentially in the beautiful valley of Kashmir in no time. The craze of this sport is rapidly increasing among youngsters!

The trend of playing football in Kashmir is from the era of Maharaja Hari Singh, but during that time it was limited to a very few people in Kashmir. Football is one sport that can never go out of trend. While every Indian state was preparing their football club, Kashmiri youth were also getting ready with their football boots to give a knockout challenge to other teams. Lone star football club finally made its debut in Kashmir. The youth and the children who were longing for this game in Kashmir finally got a platform. Lone star is associated with Jammu & Kashmir football association. In the year 2013, Lone star was registered with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after becoming prime
sponsors. It became the professional football club of Kashmir and was also registered under private company as per the licensing criteria of AIFF.

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Lone star Kashmir is fast becoming the name on every youth’s lips. It plays a pivotal role at the dawn of a new era in football in Jammu and Kashmir. The club provides a shelter to the footballers of Kashmir and made them a part of its success. Finally, the longest dream of becoming professional footballers was coming true.

The office of lone star Kashmir FC, started from Barzulla, Srinagar. The club is the face of growing talents. The introduction of Lone Star in Kashmir changed the views of people of Kashmir. Parents who opposed their kids to opt for football as their career are now proud of their achievements. With an initiative to promote football in Kashmir, the football association gave some amount of money to each player. That was a way to generate employment in Kashmir through this sport. Those who wanted to follow their passion now started making themselves more capable to get selected into Lone star. The no. of players in this football club is 22 and are the best trained footballers from Kashmir,
foreign and other Indian states too. They all are from different backgrounds but that is not what matters, when you are dedicated enough to follow your heart and passion.
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The football club has now made a name in the competitors list. This football club is accepting the daunting challenges thrown at them and is also giving fruitful results. The club has appointed some of the best MBBS Doctor, Physiotherapist, media manager, finance officer and marketing manager to its league. Now, the squad is all set to give tough challenges to other state teams at national level.
As far the secretariat is concerned Mr. Iftikhar A. Lone is the owner and the chairman of the club, Farman A Lone and Mr. Z.A. Thakur is the director, Mr. N.A. Khan .the former president is the Executive director of the club and Majid Yousuf is the secretary general manager of the
club. They are the main members of the secretariat. Mr. Hilal Rasool as the head coach has served a lot to this club. The under-19 team also gave remarkable results. The club has also qualified for the Santosh trophy.

So far continued efforts have been taken day-to-day to achieve such encouraging results. The baby steps taken are now getting converted into footprints leaving an impact on every footballer as well as spectator. With the help of Lone Star Kashmir Football Club, we would need just a football and a field to play the game and win laurels for the country.