20th Feb, 2016
"Maithun/Amorous couple" from Kashmir, Avantipur, mid 9th century. One of the most common motif in Hindu temples. These are the only two surviving in Kashmir.
The courtship in the courtyard nearby.
19th Feb, Manasbal
A boy and two girls standing next to a green mazaar of a pir next to the lake.
Girl A: Dopmay na me chu ne karun. (Told you, I don't want it with you)
She opens up her phone. Takes out the sim card and gives it to the boy.
Boy: Wayn kya! (please!)
The mediator friend, Girl B: Boozi wayn! (Listen, please!).
The girl is now furious and visibly upset. She will not listen.
"Dopmay na me chu ne karun."
She throws the phone to the ground, probably a gift, smashes it to smithereens and walks away.
Biloreen saaq, seemeen tan, samman seena, sareen nasreen,
Jabbeen chuy aayeena aayeen ajab taaza jilaa, Jaa'noo
~ Rasul Mir, 19th century Kashmiri love poet.
yas zali bad'nas ash'qun naar
su zaani kyah gov hijr-e-yaar,
Maqbool kornas dil nigaar
The body set on fire by love
it knows meaning of separation from love
Maqbool, accepts an idol in place of heart.
~ from 'Gulraiz' by Maqbool Shah Qraalwari, (d. 1877) Kashmir. Based on work of Zia Nakhshabi, a 14th century Persian poet.