Saturday, May 20, 2017

Urbar Peer Khoh

6th March, 2016

Had we been in Srinagar, for first Shivratri after marriage, my family would have sent me to climb Shankaracharya, but here we are in Jammu. So, we decided to visit the Peer Khoh caves. I agreed as I had good memories of the place. I had last visited the place in around 1991. In second year of exile, we used to live a nearby old city mohalla. My grandfather used to take me along to the caves for his morning walk session.

I remember the place as a cold, damn place that used to stay cool even is worst of summers. The breeze that gently blows in this area is allows cool even if rest of the city is simmering. Centuries ago visiting mendicants must have found these cool caves perfect for camping. In local lore the cave was said to have been home of Jambava, the great bear of Ramayan.  In early 15th century, the place became camping spot of Gorakhnath sect. Maybe, like at other places around India, Gorakhnath sect here too had close ties with the rulers.

But, all this was long ago. In 1990s, the caves retained their wild element, the floor of the cave used to be damp, no lights insides and hardly any people; however nothing of that old mystery now remains. The cave walls and floor are now cemented and there are air conditioning ducts all inside. There is a priest inside who mimics the monetary cave culture of Vaishno Devi. You get in line, pay money and move out fast. The cave have been urbanised.

Arabic Minaret, Japanese Train, Haridwar Temple, Mediaeval fort. 












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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

wai



My Nani
she put a mine in my head
I stomp all over the places in my mind
I keep missing the spot
What was the name?
She fed me these roots of a plant
it grows on an ancient hillock in Kashmir
The hill of myna
She said it is good for memory
bitter
I forget the name
I trample
name of a bird
a harwan tile
a lake
a leaf
a root
bitter
I stomp on her two feet back
it hurt as I got older

my feet got bigger
her back
brittle
fleeting memories

I stop
Why
why
wai, is the name

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Ride with the devil, hide behind the Lord


Ride with the devil, hide behind the Lord
I got pistol, I got sword

I got Hizbul, I already got land
And still I wonder why I got this stone in my hand

Stone in my hand, stone in my hand

And still I wonder why I got this stone in my hand


O' bother in faith, let me explain

I say we want a revolution, well, muslims get on board
We'll restart the old crusade, we'll start a Holy war
that's not an orders, that's the simplest plan
I don't need nothing but the stone in your hand

Stone in your hand, stone in your hand
I don't need nothing but that stone in your hand
Stone in your hand, stone in your hand
I don't need nothing but the stone that's in your hand

P too got fighter jets, P too will drop bombs
kill their fathers, kill their moms
Kill their brothers and their sisters, and their uncles and their aunts

O' let them wonder why you got this stone in your hand

Stone in your hand, stone in your hand

And still you wonder why you got this stone in your hand
Stone in your hand, stone in your hand
All the hate that's in my heart and the stone that's in your hand

Your blood runs the gutters, smoke fills the sky
your son that suffers, your mother cries
So if you've not had enough and you're ready for my stand
better be forever waiting with the stone that's in your hand

Stone in your hand, stone in your hand
forever waiting with the stone that's in your hand
Stone in your hand, stone in your hand

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Based on the song "Stone in my hand" (2008) by Everlast, popular among online supporter if stonepelters.

Image: Mashed from Priyesh Trivedi's "Adarsh Balak". Because the "popular" artists in Kashmir still treated Mujahids like holy cow.


Mujahid is to Tahreeki what Cow is to Hinduvadi. A holy cow about whose political utility you can't question anything. Blood of Mujahids is as unquestionably good for nation as cow's milk is for humanity. A basic criteria for a noble, just society. Kaamdenu cow of Kashmir...all purpose wish fulfilling cows that shall bring a peace of paradise to earth.
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