Snowfall in Delhi

The window pane separates me from the withered poplar The sodden lawn has day’s footprints engrossed soiled shoes are half immersed in rain December wind whooshes flaps the window . I press my forehead against the cold pane as I breathe, it blurs the lawn, it sweats as I gasp . I am thousand miles …

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The Night of Martyrdom

For all those martyrs who filled the void between life and death. For Burhan Wani, for thousands like him. Qadri Inzamam The night has fallen long ago and I won’t be stalking sleep tonight. Their guns have stopped to roar for a while, but they will resume again. They have difficulty in locating me in …

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Fire that Charred and Changed Chrar

Qadri Inzamam On a bright Spring Day in the Shrine of Nund Reshi (R.A) at Chrar, a devotee of the Saint becomes my time-traveler and takes me two decades back. Year 1995 The snow has melted but the air is still cold. It is the period when the winter has almost set and spring is …

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Two Empty Graves, Two Martyrs

Qadri Inzamam On the last row of the Srinagar’s Martyr’s graveyard, two graves- adjacent to each other- await the mortal remains of two Kashmiri men who were hanged in India’s Tihar Jail and buried within the jail premises. One grave awaits since 1984 while the other, since 2013. On one epitaph the inscription in archaic …

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