Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Aabi Guzar Toll


Previously, Aabi Guzar Gone, 22nd September:

"Over the years, I started coming across photographs of the place in old travelogues. Having never been to the place, the sight of the place in an old book became a thing of little joy for me. Earlier this year when I visited Srinagar, the thought of finally visiting the place did occur to me, but it was winter, the water levels were low, it would not have been a pretty sight, I told myself, 'Next time when the water levels are higher.'

This old building is now gone, destroyed in the flood of September 2014."


A page from 'This is Kashmir' (1954) by Pearce Gervis.



Aabi Guzar
Water Way Octroi
Francis Brunel, 1977
summer, 2010. 
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Finally visited the place on November 18th.



innards
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

aan but-e-kashmir

Image: 'Kashmiri belle' by Gladstone Solomon, 1922.
Gladstone Solomon was the principal of Bombay school of art from 1919 to 1936.


Payaam daadam nazdiike aan but-e-kashmir
Ke zeere halqaye zulfat dilam charaast asiir
Juwab dad, kin deewanuh shood dili too zi ushuq,

Buruh nuyarud deewanuhra mugar zunjeer

I sent a message to that Cashmerian idol, Why is my heart held
captive under the curl of your ringlets? She answered, Because
your heart is distracted with love; and the madman is not suffered
to appear abroad without a chain.

~ unnamed Persian poet. 

Came across the lines in 'Dissertations on the Rhetoric, Prosody, and Rhyme of the Persians (1801), Part 1 by Francis Gladwin. It is provided as an example of 'Sawal-Jawab' style of Persian poetry. Gladwin gave the verses in persian script and the translation but didn't provide the name of the author or the verses in roman script. 

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Payaam: message
aan but-e-kashmir: like a Kashmiri idol
mugar: unless

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Panditani by Fred Bremner. Circa 1900

Panditani by Fred Bremner. Circa 1900. I first came across this iconic image in 2008, it turned out to one of the rarest postcards in Kashmir series. It took a lot of waiting and searching and now I finally have it.

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The photograph of the same woman that was captioned as that on a boatwoman by National Geographic Magazine in 1921.


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The same woman that went on to be on cover of cover of 'Made in Austria' safety matchbox.

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