Humaira Gowher: The Kashmiri Scientist

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence”, said the genius, Albert Einstein.Remember when our teachers asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up? I bet you do! I wanted to become a horse, yeah! Obviously, I didn’t know then that humans can’t grow up to become horses. But, there was this girl who always said that she’d grow up to be a scientist. She said she wanted to know, “how we walked and yet could fall but could not fly?”

Such is childhood! As I grew, I learned that curiosity is something that would shape what we will become. Once we open ourselves to our maximum capability to question, we become our best versions. The initial spark of curiosity metamorphosed a Kashmiri girl, Humaira Gowher, into an expert scientist in molecular biology research at Indiana, USA. The curious child of Kashmir, “who never cease to question”.

Meet ‘Humaira’ the Curious


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Born and brought up in the city of bridges, Srinagar, Humaira is one of those lucky students to have attended Caset Experimental School, then headed by the exceptional educationist Prof C. L. Vishen. She treasured the feeling of becoming a scientist in the classes of Prof Vishen while he discussed the topics of inventions and discoveries. The idea of discovery and innovation, made a home in little Humaira’s heart.

How did a dream turn into reality?


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Despite various challenges related to the complexity of the field, it was her determination to achieve her goals and the continuous support of her professors that turned her dream into reality. She took several steps in the process of achieving this height, starting from her school in Kashmir to graduation & post-graduation at Aligarh Muslim University. Under the supervision of Dr. S. E. Hasnain’s (Professor of Biological Sciences at IIT -Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi), Humaira developed a confidence that made her goals clearer and she got into the esteemed IISc (Indian Institute of Sciences). After two years, she shifted to Germany with her husband and continued her Ph. D only to complete it with in two and a half years and was awarded “Summa Cum laude” (Award of Excellence) for publishing 7 first author peer-reviewed manuscripts during this time. Finally, she shifted to Indiana USA, where she is now a fine professor and researcher at the Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University researching in Cancer Research, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

Secret of Science: Message to the aspirants


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Humaira says, “Motivation to do science comes only from the passion to do it’. Like every other person, her life was also full of ups and downs. Science is like a roller coaster ride of various failures and success, it is the excitement of doing an experiment that kept Humaira free from the horrors of failure. While on the row for her Ph. D she had her first child Hana, whom she says was never a battle she had to fight, marriage, motherhood and science, all blended well in her everyday life. Now, she has an operational laboratory of her own with 22 reputed international journals already under her belt; Gowher’s research has already paved a way for anti-cancer medicines. Research for her is fun, she says, “why shouldn’t you be thankful for having a job—where you are being paid, for having fun.”

Shades of Humaira

There is one more shade to her personality, which came to light after a long time, only when she had time to give it a push. It was in 2017, that Humaira published her book, “How Do I Sing Nursery Rhymes in the Kashmiri Language?” As a 38 year old, she couldn’t simply forget her 19 year old self- the age she left her home, Kashmir, at!

Wherever we go, we cannot leave behind what our culture made out of us, our favourite food, language, hospitality, clothing, jokes, music, poems, etc, already shapes our personality. Humaira had her teenage self-compiled in her memories and after few years she struggled to transfer all that was Kashmir into her kids, Hana and Ahmed. The Kashmiri diaspora in the United States planned an annual meeting to celebrate Kashmiri language, art and culture where her other friends complained that due to the introduction of English language at an early age, it was difficult to raise their children bilingual in both Kashmiri and English.

Humaira took the responsibility upon her and thanks to her poetic genes that orient from her mother that she translated six common English rhymes into Koshur (Kashmiri Language) keeping in mind the similar tune of Kashmiri poems. She saw the results within hours of composition as her own children were able to recite the poems due to similar rhythm and tune that they memorized as babies.

A wonderful inspiration that is Humaira

Humaira Gowher’s dedication towards her work and revitalizing attachment to Kashmir is undoubtedly inspiring. She stands as the finest example of a self-made woman for our upcoming generation and her works are an ideal means of exploring the field of Biochemistry for our budding scientists. People around the world get to see her intellect and personality as a Kashmiri scientist, it makes for one proud moment for the state as well as the nation. I wish her lots of luck in her ongoing research and hope that she achieves success in every experiment of her life as well as career.

The Incredible Women of Kashmir

Who is an empowered woman? Is she just the one who can work, fight or do multiple things at once? No, an empowered woman is the one who climbs her stairs of success while equally respecting her competitors, trusting her instincts, and not pushing anybody behind. And such is the beauty of an ideally empowered woman.

Kashmir with its magnificent beauty has given birth to some incredibly empowering women. Yes. Let’s sit for a while and remember the great women that lived and are living through time, making best through their thoughts and work. Let us recount those Kashmiri women who have played eminent roles in making our society a better place.


Women from the History

Right from the stories of 2nd century’s Queen Dida (Queen of Kashmir) to 13th century’s Kota Rani (Queen of Kashmir), the women of Kashmir have been serving as assets to the state. Not to forget, ‘Kutte Kol’ was  Kota Rani’s establishment, the canal that saved Srinagar city from various floods during the time.

Then came the great legend of Lal Ded, the poet of Kashmir whose poetic genius lied in her creation of mystic poetry called ‘Vakhs’, meaning ‘speech’ (Voice), known as Lal Vakhs. She plays a significant role in the history of Kashmiri literature and has said to have inspired many Sufis. Her poems have been translated by several writers. Want to read one of her creations?

“I was passionate, filled with longing,

I searched, far and wide.

But the day, that the Truthful One found me,

I was at home.”


Then came Habba Khatoon, the poet of the 16th century with her magnificent imaginative narratives, poems, plays, essays, etc. She introduced ‘lol’ (lyrics) to Kashmiri poetry.

This is about the past! What was cannot surpass what is! And the present is what we have.


Women of the Present

Our present inspiration originates from brave, empowered woman like:

Parveena Ahangar

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The Iron Lady of Jammu & Kashmir, she is the epitome of Human- right activism, strength, optimism & pacifism. She is the Founder and Chairperson of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons and an inspiration to all those who lack hope.


Dr. Gazalla Amin

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If passion and dreams were humans, they would be her best friends. A doctor, founder of WAKE (Women’s Association for Kashmiri Entrepreneurs) and the 1st Kashmiri woman- member of KCCI (Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries) who runs an oil business successfully.


Dr. Ruveda Salam


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Dr. Salam, the first women IPS officer from Kashmir, broke various prejudices related to women in the field of education as well as action.


Tajamul Islam


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Good things come in small packages. Truly said, for Kashmir has a champion who fits in a 10-year-old body. Tajamul is valley’s youngest Kickboxing Champion who won a Gold in 2016, when she was only 8, at World Kickboxing Championship, Italy. Her enthusiasm is unmatchable and she inspires thousands with it.


These women continue to inspire people. Through this article, we aim to teach our new generation about their valuable deeds and morals. They clear the confusions that rise within our thoughts, the hurdles of society seem little in front of their efforts. Let’s aspire to be another empowered woman and add to the list.

First Ever Martial Art Games of Jammu and Kashmir, 2018

First Ever Martial Art Games of Jammu and Kashmir, 2018

Jammu and Kashmir, a land known for its scenic beauty, rich culture and massive resources, is now also a sports hub. Recently, the Sports Council of Jammu and Kashmir organised the first ever Kashmir division Martial Art Games 2018. The competition held at the magnificent Indoor Stadium in Srinagar. It included a variety of Martial art forms like Judo, Taekwondo, Pencak Silat, Wushu, etc. and was. The competition that began with loud enthusiasm on 13th September 2018, concluded with high spirits on 15th September 2018. This massive competition witnessed participation of more than 5000 children from the valley

“It was a mega event”, said Nuzhat Ara, Divisional Sports Officer, Kashmir.

It was the number of participants that made the event a success and put a smile on the faces of all the sports officers of the state. As the sports council of the state makes sure to keep its youth involved in one or the other competition, the hard work and efforts had been paid off by the spirit and passion of young sportsmen.

This platform has helped the children of the valley to witness a variety of games together and give them a broader perspective of the Martial Art forms, providing them a station to participate and exercise their talents.

Let’s see how our little champions have benefitted from this wonderful initiative of J & K Sports Council:



The video is only a slight reflection of the energy and sports spirit of the young participants and their inspiring coaches. I must admit, the actual ecstasy of the event was of a different level.


Here are some beautiful glimpses from the cheerful Martial Arts Games at Indoor Stadium Srinagar:

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At New Age Kashmir we wish all the participants a good luck for their future and wish for their steady growth in their desired game. We hope that the children address the opportunities that are extended to them by the sports council and realise their worth. The state knows and believes that their children have a lot of potentials and are capable to participate at both National and International levels. Thus, they put in all the effort to wing their raw talents and help them take the highest of flights.

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Sangeeta S. Bahl: The Victorious Woman of Jammu and Kashmir

“Not all those who wander are lost”, wrote J. R. R. Tolkien in his poem, “The Riddle of Strider”. He must have known the beauty of wandering then! But do you know? Have you ever wandered and found yourself again? Well, to be honest, I have. Initially it was a slow and confusing process for me, but later wandering became more of an adventure, more about curiosity and less about being lost. Thinking, aiming and planning before travelling introduced me with an important lesson  of travelling- going the distance. People generally name it as wanderlust, so it is!


The Wanderer I know!

I have come to admire one such curious person, who would be happy wandering all her life, Sangeeta S. Bahl. She hails from Jammu, the summer valley of Jammu and Kashmir. Yes the one, who recently submitted the great Mount Everest in May, 2018. That’s when she was most into news and articles and everywhere possible. News channels covered her success, journalists would want to talk to her about her experience and slowly the news faded away. But, her success to climb the world’s tallest peak at the age of 53 stayed with me. I realised, she was the first women from Jammu and Kashmir to have scaled the Mt. Everest.


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Her Achievements

She is a mountaineer, a successful, passionate and risk- taking climber! But, what else is she?

  • An Entrepreneur

Sangeeta S. Bahl is the Founder, Director and Image Consultant of a Gurgaon (Haryana) based firm– Impact Image Consultants. An acumen, she was the first Image Consultant of India.


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  • An Author

“Executive Etiquette Power” is a book that helps individuals to build confidence, make impression in daily and professional life. And guess what, it is co- authored by Sangeeta S. Behl.

  • A Beauty Pageant Finalist

She was only 16 when she began her career with modelling and acting. With a spark in her eyes she became the Miss India Finalist in the year 1985. Now, for 5 long years, she has been grooming the contestants of Femina Style Diva and projecting them aptly as strong women.

  • A Social Worker

She climbed the Mt. Everest, everybody knows about that. But why did she do it? Was it only a personal interest? But then why would she fail once in 2017 and try again in 2018?

She climbed the Mt. Everest again in 2018 to create aware about Breast Cancer for Women with the Women Cancer Initiative (WCI) in association with Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai.

Watch her journey:

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Yes, one can sure try twice for personal interest, but doing it for a good cause is what adds to their personality as a human being, as a woman.


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What have I learned?

While reading the personal blog ( of Jammu’s self- made & strong woman, Sangeeta S. Bahl, and trying to get to know her, I have learned a lot of things.

I have learned that age is never a barrier, but a journey of experiences!

By adding a reason of cause to our actions, we can help many while enjoying ourselves.

There is never a halt in dreaming and achieving, nothing in this world can stop you from wanting and taking what you like.

Trying, trying and trying must be a constant in life just like change.

And, the most important, never giving up!


Meet the Women with Cameras in Kashmir

Meet the Women with Cameras in Kashmir

While we are busy talking about women empowerment, fighting for equal rights and equal respect our Kashmiri women journalists are busy breaking stereotypes. The stereotypes of being an unsafe- field job for women surround journalism as a professions. But, society can not decide what a woman wants from her career and the bones are thus broken in the process. Who are these women who have so much courage? These are women like you and me who want a revolution to take away the nuances of our society and for once we can all breathe as humans and not separate genders. The only difference between these women and us are the chances they have taken in favour of these measures; and that’s what calls for a celebration.


Meet Sehar Qazi




“Being a woman helps presenting a different perspective”- Seher Qazi.

Seher Qazi is a 29- year – old full- time photojournalist, who hails proudly from downtown Srinagar. After completing her postgraduate degree in journalism, Sehar was told to now search for jobs in either a bank or a school. Why? Because these jobs are safe for a young woman. To this wise- wise advice, Sehar Qazi had an apt reply- A determination to make career in photojournalism!

She began working on her own photo essays on the lives of Rohingya Refugees after initially struggling many years with local and other publication houses. She was regularly poked by her relatives and family members about the issue of safety in her profession. But Qazi’s determination towards journalism was unshakable. Being stared at, she held her camera tight and gave a loud stare back!


Meet Masrat Zahra




An aspiring journalist, Masrat Zahra is a 24- year- old journalism student at Kashmir’s Central University, who belongs to Hawal, Srinagar. She is believed to have budded an interest in journalism after being gifted a camera. He dreams began to widen their wings with the decision of opting for photojournalism in the university.

Soon after joining the course, Masrat became a noticeable student and has continuously been publishing her works in publication and photo agencies like The Work Weekly, The Sun, The Washington Posts, etc. At her age, she is a promise of a change to come.


Meet Sanna Irshad Mattoo



“There was no other medium that let me express myself as well as photography. Its visual narration and originality has a power I can’t describe in words”– Sanna Irshad Mattoo

Mattoo is a 24 year old postgraduate photojournalism student from Saida Kadal, Srinagar, who knew it was photojournalism for her, the moment she began studying the course. With her unique ideas and uncommon sight, Mattoo is also a freelance documentary photographer. She believes that a simple gesture of seeking permission to click a photograph makes the people feel heard and respected and that is what counts to her perfection in journalism.


We are a developing society and its high time we understand that it’s the work of an individual that counts, not their gender. All three of our woman journalist feel the difference of gender in their profession. Their security is always at risk and they are judged commonly for choosing to be out of the house at odd hours. But as a society we need to rise above our prejudice and understand that journalism is a challenging field for both women and men, therefore, reduce the suspicion and generate a rather supportive public.


At New Age Kashmir, we are happy to celebrate the chances that our journalist ladies involve in. Kudos to you all and all the very best for your futures.

The talented child of Kashmir- Neetu Jalali

The talented child of Kashmir- Neetu Jalali

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”, said Albert Einstein when there was too much to praise him for.


“What is talent but a ray of passion driven dreams?

A dream that buds, sprouts and flourish with progressive beliefs.

A path that one chooses to lead.

A life that one longs for, before it meets.”


Jammu and Kashmir is a land of many such passion driven heads. With its beautiful appearance and serene environment, its gives birth to some real talent as evident in our enthusiastic and innovative Kashmiris like Zarka Batool, Braj Bihari Kachru, Adeeba Tak, Aabha Hanjura, Khuram Shafi Mir and the list never ends. We have recently come across one more hidden gem of Kashmir origin, who has immense talent and curiosity towards life and its colours.


So here, meet the Kashmiri- born Neetu Jalali, a highly gifted brain at work.


The talented child of Kashmir- Neetu Jalali


Who is Neetu Jalali?

Neetu is the child of Kashmir, based out of Rainawari, Srinagar. The students of M.Dass Public School, Kathi Darwaza, Srinagar must feel proud because this is where she schooled and grew into this beautifully creative person. She also went to Vishwa Bharti Girls School in Rainawari for few years. As she grew, she moved out of the country for pursuing MBA from Durham, United Kingdoms after a successful Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from India. She worked with a corporate firm in London for many years before returning to the core of her heart, Kashmir.


What about it?

Neetu Jalali still lives in London, but her heart and soul dwell in our valley, Kashmir. How?

She has developed a couture line called ZAFRAN couture, based in London, which captures the colours, designs, memories, culture and nostalgia of her life in Kashmir. The clothing line offers a wide range of Pashmina shawls, dresses and objects like lamps etc, personally designed by Neetu with the thought of her beloved Kashmir in mind.


ZAFRAN means Saffron

Saffron without a doubt is synonyms with the valley. With the most beloved word as the name of her brand, Zafran connects Neetu Jalali with her roots & heritage and gives her a chance to display the art and culture of Kashmir in front of the world. By using traditional art of embroidery and weaving, she designs modern and yet traditional products under Zafran. Made with heartfelt care and memories, every single piece of cloth in the line has a story to tell.


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At New Age Kashmir, we wish her all the best for her endeavour and encourage her to spread her wings wider. The valley is proud of her talent and prays for a renowned & success future of Zafran couture. Neetu Jalali, you are an inspiration to our growing generation and sets an apt example of a Kashmiri who retains the essence of Kashmir in her work and life to the world. Kudos!

“Aryans Shikara App”: An innovation of Jammu and Kashmir’s children

“The youth is the future, the future is the youth. The youth and the future will always be linked because none can exist in the absence of another”, said Pali Lehohla in one of his articles. And to go by his word, the enigmatic and energetic youth of today is indeed an epitome of future. And thus with small steps, basic changes in contemporariness and individual initiative, a country can count upon a bright future for its people.

Recently, the initiative of eight youthful students has brought a new wave to uplift digital India, by making an application for online Shikhara ride bookings. These students, who belong to Kashmir, are engineering students in Aryans Engineering College, Chandigarh. The application helps people across the country to pre-book a Shikara ride in Dal Lake, Srinagar and have decided to name their app “Aryans Shikara App”. There is, if, any ride that can beat the Gondola ride in Venice is the Shikara ride in the serene Dal lake. And now, these brilliant budding engineers have made it far more easier to take one.

How’s and About’s of “Aryans Shikara App”

The application was positively accepted and launched on 4th September 2018 in Srinagar during the launch function at Hotel Lala Rukh by Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of the All-India Council for Technical Education, who was not only proud of his talented and bright children but also mesmerized by their efforts.

The Aryans Shikara App consists of a detailed information of Shikara owners from gate number 1 to 20. While a person can choose the gate number and the Shikara owner in advance, a Shikara owner is also authorized to accept or reject a booking as per his availability. During the launch function, Prof Sahasrabudhe mentioned and explained all the features of the app and simultaneously applauded the innovative thought and motivation of the students that drove them to this invention. “We worked hard in collecting the details of shikaras owners, generating a database and bringing the same on a single platform”, said Riyaz Rasool (one of the student developers)


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The motivation behind the Thought

From a conversation in the conference with the eight student developers of the app, Riyaz Rasool, Irfan Ahmad Malik, Abid Mushtaq, Shakir Ahmad, Asif Ahmad, Mehbooba Bano, Mehzabeen and Sabreena, who belong to Aryans College of Engineering, we got to know that the motivation to create an app for booking Shikaras began with a thought. A thought that crossed the mind of Shakir Ahmad while booking a cab (Ola or Uber Cabs). The students added that the college and teachers have been of continuous motivation in implementing their idea into a product. They specifically thanked Dr. Anshu Kataria, their professor, for his support in availing the needful material for creating the app.


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Jammu and Kashmir have always been proud of its youth, especially from Aryans Engineering College, where approximately 1800 students from different parts of the Valley study. The college has been supporting the talented students to come up with ideas and generate new & innovative products. Before Aryans Shikara App, the students of the same institution have come up with first ever Solar Boat booking app at Dal Lake, “Aryans Solar Boat” and many other apps like “Aryans Android App”, “Aryans Life Saving Glove”, “Aryans Safety Helmet”, etc.


With New Age Kashmir, we celebrate and applaud the achievements of our future-oriented youth and thanks Aryans Engineering College for its motivating support. We wish all the very best for the students and pray for all their dreams to come true. We hope that the new generation will look forward to such endeavors by their seniors, walk in the direction of a brighter future, and a digitally progressive Kashmir.


Note: You can download the Aryans Shikara App (1.4 version of 6.61 MB) from Google Play Store (

Bhanu Pratap Singh: The man of honour of Jammu and Kashmir

Bhanu Pratap Singh: The man of honour of Jammu and Kashmir

With ongoing Asian Games in Jakarta Palembang, India has registered its victory by bringing home several Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. To keep a count on the medals won has become difficult with each passing day. The glory is widening its wings every day.

The most recent victories came bearing gifts as Sania Nehwal, PV Sindu and Hima Das broke National Records in Women’s Single Badminton and Women’s 400m Final respectively. It is in almost all the sports that our champions have roared victories.

Moreover, on 22nd August 2018, India’s four bronze medals hauled in Wushu, one of which became honour of international medal winner, Bhanu Pratap Singh, of Jammu and Kashmir. His victory came as a huge appreciation for the country because, “It is uniquely important in Wushu to excel in Asian Games even if you have won a World Championships medal”, says The Indian Express; and thus India is most proud to celebrate it.

Bhanu Pratap Singh is a 22 year old Wushu Player, son of a Bharat Kesari wrestler, Balkar Singh, (Former) from village Roopnagar in Jammu. It was due to his mischievous childhood and innocent fight- picking that Bhanu’s parents picked him up for Wushu. And, in return he has gifted, not only his parents, but also the nation, a great win in the Asian Games. Besides his achievements as a sports person, Bhanu serves his nation as a cop with the Jammu and Kashmir Police. He is proof that there is no limit to talent and that it ultimately makes your people and your country proud!


Here are some mesmerizing moments of Bhanu Pratap Singh from the day of winning.



Also, the officials of J&K Police department and Indian Army were not behind in sharing their affection for Bhanu. He has got multiple blessings from some very important people as they were proud enough of his achievements and thought it necessary to address it personally to the world.

  1. Imtiyaz Hussain

  1. Shesh Paul Vaid

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  1. K. Vijay Kumar

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  1. Rajyavardhan Rathore


  1. Waheed Para

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The former chairperson of J&K sports council went as far as to honour Bhanu Pratap Singh by adding his image as his profile picture on twitter.

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With Bhanu’s victory in Wushu, it has become difficult for us to await the upcoming Wushu Festival to be held next year in Srinagar. This festival would welcome and celebrate the achievements of four bronze medal holders in Wushu. It sure is going to be big!

It is needless to say how proud we are of our shining star Bhanu Pratap Singh. On the behalf of New Age Kashmir, I congratulate him for his wonderful victory. Lots of blessings and love for you. Keep up the spirit of Wushu!

From “Heaven On Earth” To “God’s Own Country”

From “Heaven On Earth” To “God’s Own Country”

With Eid ul-Adha being celebrated worldwide, let’s understand the real meaning of sacrifice. There are five pillars of Islam that are mandatory for Muslims: Salat (Prayer), Zakat (Charity), Shahada (Creed), Sawm (Fasting), and, only if the individual can afford it, Hajj (Pilgrimage).
Islam strongly advocates charity especially during the month of Ramzan and Eid. The Holy Quran and Sunnah put great emphasis on charity by mentioning the virtues and benefits of Zakat multiple times.

Allah says in the Quran : “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your devotion that reaches him.”
(Quran 22:37)

This Eid ul Adha let the essential Zakat, Qurbani and associated celebratory expenditures be contributed to the Kerala Flood Relief.

Ibn Abbas narrated that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while the neighbour to his side goes hungry.” ~ Al-Sunan al-Kubra 19049


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The havoc that destroyed Kerala

The beautiful southern coastal state of India Kerala, has witnessed a disastrous flood that has killed more than 350 people and has wrecked havoc. With the news portals and social media circles abuzz with the damage beyond imagination affair of the state, the heroic rescue operations by Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), local police and the many calls of solidarity, the entire country has come forwards in this hour of need.
With ‘God’s own country’, Kerala battling its worst flood in nearly a century, the ‘Heaven on Earth’, Kashmir is also praying and expressing solidarity with the people of Kerala. In the year 2014, the state of Jammu and Kashmir had witnessed similar devastation caused by disastrous flood of such intensity and magnitude as the monsoon wrath in the southern coastal state.
Four years later we have yet again been reminded of our own tragedies. Many people also reminded fellow Kashmiris that during the 2014 floods, a lot of Keralites helped us cope with that mammoth disaster by bringing in relief, aid material and now, it was our turn to support them in this hour of need.

While the whole Nation is waiting for this terrible incident to pass and hoping and praying for a quick recovery by the state, we, the state of Jammu and Kashmir have also joined hands with the rest of the country to help those affected by the disaster.

Horrific disasters like this bring people closer and test the courage of the country to stand tall and united whenever the need arises. Apart from the government and various organizations, individuals across the country have also come forward to help those affected by the disaster.

With our former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah taking to twitter to take attention of the state towards Kerala that battles its worst floods in 90 years.

The other politician who has taken a pro-active stand on the Kerala floods was Dr Haseeb Drabu, ex finance minister under Mehbooba Mufti government.

IAS topper Shah Faesal who is currently studying abroad put on his wall

As a lot of people are still battling with the devastating floods, many people from the valley are extending their help to offer support.


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A group of young civil society members in Kashmir is collecting food packets to send help as many as 2000 families in Kerala. Most of them say that they can understand the pain as the valley has gone through the same deluge in 2014.

Needless to say, Kerala’s flood situations made the Nation forget their differences and extend support in whichever ways possible.

Notably, a J&K Bank’s staff members have decided to contribute Rs 11 crore to the flood-affected victims of Kerala. Chairman Parvez Ahmed shall be contributing his two months’ salary while the other staffs have decided to help the flood-affected victims of Kerala by donating their six days salary during this time of severe crisis.

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The executive presidents has also contributed one month salary and other members of the top management of the bank also reciprocated by making generous contribution to the fund collected by the bank for the relief measures in Kerala.

A huge Thank you from NewAge Kashmir to each and everyone who have reached out to help the state through the distress. Your contribution meant a lot to many.

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Eid Mubarak

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The Significance of Mother-Tongue: Kashmir

We are all blessed to be living in the arms of our Kashmir, letting Koshur (Kashmiri Language) drench us with its ancient richness. Despite the fact that some children still learn and speak their mother tongue, as the generation is moving ahead and away from the language, Koshur has begun to blur its presence. Therefore, it is significant for natives as well as Kashmiris living away from the valley to enrich the childhood of their children with their home language and maybe then, the language will survive the hits of contemporariness.

I believe, people will agree with me about the necessity of knowing and learning one’s own mother- tongue. To be able to speak the native language is a blessing, it connects individuals to their history, ancestors, and land. It keeps the belongingness to one’s own home intact and connects the heart of people easily. It is always easy to identify with someone who speaks the same language as you, no matter what the place, profession or religion!


Meet thoughtful writer & mother, Zarka Batool

If we adults, together, decisively begin our work in the direction of teaching our children, first, the importance of the mother tongue, second, the language itself, Koshur will rejuvenate with time. Zarka Batool, an inspiration, is an apt example of a Kashmiri residing outside of India and yet wanting to adhere her children to their roots.

Zarka Batool is a Kashmiri, born and brought up in Downtown Srinagar, Kashmir, who has been living in England for past 15 years now. Batool works as a part-time doctor and lives with her husband, three kids (boys) in a happy domestic life. Her enthusiasm towards life is evident in her recognition as a writer of a children’s book called “Basic Spoken Kashmiri”.


Zarka Batool, Basic Kashmiri, spoken kashmirir, koshur


About the Book

“Basic Spoken Kashmiri” is a compiled vocabulary of words along with illustrations, made with beautiful colors. The book is specifically meant for children to learn the basic grammatical rules and words for forming simple sentences in Kashmiri. The book illustrates all the necessary items from the daily life, explained through a picture and then expressed in both Koshur and English for reference.


Zarka Batool, Basic Kashmiri, spoken kashmirir, koshur


Zarka Batool, Basic Kashmiri, spoken kashmirir, koshur


The inspiration behind the book

When asked about the source of inspiration to write the book, Batool answered, “After 14 years of moving my jaw in a different fashion trying to speak English with my kids, I wondered- is this what my future generations will speak?” She initially wrote a few pages for her own boys, and gradually decided to write a whole book for the other Kashmiri children around the globe. She believes that as the book has helped her own children, it will help many others as well. In this good faith, Zarka Batool has given us what should have been present from long before.


We are thankful to Batool for her loving & great gift to Kashmiri children as well as parents. All of us need to instill in us the importance of our language and understand that we are solely responsible for the future of Koshur. If we pass it on to our children, they will pass it on to there and the culture will survive. There are various platforms like television, school, internet, etc., for them to learn other languages but there is only parents and guides like Batool’s “Basic Spoken Kashmir” and great linguist and researcher Braj Bihari Kachru’s An Introduction to Spoken Kashmiri”.

Note: You can buy Batools’s book at Amazon.