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Ashok Sharma Food is an important part of the culture of a region. It mirrors various recipes which our ancestors were familiar with, which foods they took, whom they ate with, who cooked the food and how they shared food … More
Peter Griffin In the high-altitude desert of Ladakh, a quiet genius is attempting to solve a water p More
Nagendra Singh Jamwal For those who feel like trudging a lonely track or standing atop a mountain pa More
Rajinder Chand Anthal Mantalai has remained a renowned destination for spiritual attainment through More
Parvez Dewan Every autumn, as the Navaratras approach, the thoughts of Jammu’s tourism fratern More
Nagendra Singh Jamwal As the hot summers scorch and sizzle Jammu region, Basantgarh – the land of eternal spring as the name suggests holds out with pleasant weather. Situated about one hundred kilometers to the north-east of the Udhampur district … More
The Sheroes of Bollywood, mainstream or   off-mainstream, are ready to pull the red carpet from under the feet of  hero oriented films.  The three recent films Akira, Pink and Parched will send your pulses racing for  more, while not forgetting … More
Jammu and Kashmir is presently often in the news  for acts of  violence. But      this pristine and beautiful land is also rich in culture, music and dance which  is often overlooked.              Sonali Jha Chatterjee reports. It is not surprising that … More
Tanveer Ahmad Khwaja There is a fairly good road between Jammu and the border district of Poonch.  The buses plying on the road charge Rs. 300 for a distance of 235 km. This is reasonable, but if one needs to … More
Prof G S L Devra Banjara is such a name which one may find in local literature of all parts of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. There is not a single part of the country where local sayings and proverbs cantered … More
Kaushal Kotwal Manimahesh, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva,     is one of the holiest places of Northern India  located in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh.  It is believed that this mountain possesses divine  powers, which many pilgrims experience during their … More
Avanti Sopory Social Media looks to be an oxymoron; it has elements which do not look to  be in confirmation with each other. However astonishing; they together reflect a meaning. A meaning that    very easily eclipses the contradiction. “Social” broadly … More
KD Maini Guntrian Sharief is the last stop located on Doda ridge of tehsil Haveli District Poonch. This village is 10 kilometers away on the north-east side of Poonch city. The Ziarat Sharief is connected with a motorable road. Power … More
Swami Raj Sharma Bhadarwah was one of the twenty-two independent petty states of Jammu division before 1846 AD. All these independent States were amalgamated into present day State of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh in 1846 through the Treaty of Amritsar … More
G L Khajuria & C K Sharma The procession of several thousands of pilgrims in the form of holy mace to Kailash Kund (Kaplash) uphill Bhadarwah, barely around 20 Kms and is divinely eternalized at a height of 14000 ft … More
Prof. (Dr) R.D. Gupta A complex of temples situated between latitude 32o 53’N and longitude 75o 7’E with an altitude of 730 m is located at village Krimchi on Udhampur Pancheri road at a distance of 12 km from Udhampur … More
Anil Bhat The first of battle tanks were manufactured by Britain during the First World War, fought from 1914 to 1918. Begun as Small Willie, used only for designing, the final product, Big Willie were used operationally for the first … More
Ashok Sharma Jammu & Kashmir is known as the land of Gods and Goddesses. There are a number of world famous holy shrines such as Vaishno Devi ji, Amarnath ji,Bawe wali Mata, Kheer Bhawani, etc. which are the abodes of … More
Sunny Dua “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” ? Edmund Burke This adage has today become more or less relevant because of the fact that there’s nothing that we have left to be known as ‘History’. … More
Dr Kamni Pathania A sense of bewilderment always        overtake me when I see children below five years of age growing up digitally without knowing the ill-effects of such indulgence or exposure. Children playing with handsets, play stations or iPods is … More
Junaid Hussain Malik Every place is known by some of its unique attribute which could either be a historical monument, a fort, a palace a shrine a poet or some unique legend or a local epic placing it on different … More
Prof. (Dr) R.D. Gupta Tourism has been officially recognized as an industry and it, therefore, has to be managed accordingly. Entire state of Jammu and Kashmir, extending from the subtropical plains of Jammu in the south to the temperate valley … More
Dr. D R Kapoor Management of Solid and Liquid Waste continues to remain one of the core  issues of city development. Effective   management of SLW calls for assessment of major sources of wastes, quantum      of waste, and characteristics of waste         … More
Er J R Aryan District Kishtwar, the 3rd largest District in area after  Leh and Kargil is full of forest wealth, natural resources, power potential and mineral wealth, vast tourist potential and historical places. Amidst all the above the district … More
Tej Krishen Dhar Jagadguru Bhagawaan Gopinathji was one among the most eminent Saints that have ever graced the sacred land of India. Unlike the other Saints, he was called Bhagawaanji and recognized as such in his life-time as all the … More
Arvind Kotwal The Shivalik foothills of Jammu are dotted with innumerable heritage sites: forts, temples and bowlies some of which date back to over a thousand years. Udhampur, stands out in the Jammu region for having the largest concentration of … More
Sushain Gupta Informal sector influences the quality       of urban landscapes in integrating                 the economy infrastructure within the built environment in urban areas. Unfortunately, many urban Governments do not realize that the growth of informal sector in urban areas is increasing … More
Nagendra Singh Jamwal There was a time when a Water Mill locally called as Gharat was an essential feature of the village landscape of Jammu region barring the Kandi belt. In those days of backbreaking manual labour, a Gharat harnessing … More
Ayodhya Nath Kerni Mantalai is a heritage village located at a distance of eight kms from Sudhmahadev, famous for the abode of Lord Shiva. According to scriptures, Goddess Parvati was born to mother Maina. The legend reveals that there was … More
Dr  S K Raina Tulmul or Kheer Bhawani temple, is one of the most popular          and holiest Hindu temples of Kashmir. The shrine is dedicated to the worship of Bhawani, the Divine Mother or Goddess of         this Universe. Tulmul is … More
Dr Mandeep Singh Azad and Dr Manmeet Motan Before reading about Banda Singh Bahadur, just ask yourself that have     you ever heard before this name. After reading him, think that whose fault is this that you are unaware about the … More
Manu Khajuria Ask any seasoned traveler who takes to the road to quench his thirst of wanderlust, the first introduction to a city and its essential character is the way its dwellers conduct themselves in public spaces, including on the … More
B D Sharma Man quenches his thirst to know his past, by studying history because history is a great treat into the past and it lets him live in an era where he is not present. Interestingly, history repeats itself … More
Prof.  (Dr.) V. S. Verma Man is superb among all creatures gifted both with intelligence and wisdom that distinguishes him from all other creatures on the earth. All parts of the human body are unambiguously not only essential, but indispensable. … More
A documentary produced by National Public Service Broadcaster Doordarshan has focused the attention of the World on the changing climate of the Himalayas with particular reference to the Ladakh. “The Whispers of Warming” won the best documentary film award in … More
Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat The idea of making Panchayati Raj institutions autonomous, workable and free from any Government interference seems to be a Jammu & Kashmir after cumbersome task. There are various reasons for it. The kind of support Government … More
Ashok Sharma Fairs and Melas are an integral part of Indian socio cultural and religious life.In India we have famous Melas such as Mahakumbh Mela,Pushkar Mela etc.which attract millions of tourists,traders and devotees from across the globe.Our state is also … More
Tsering Dolkar Ask any woman from a village in Lingshed region of Ladakh and she will tell you that the              distances to medical facilities and the poor road connections, is their biggest fear.  For a woman  to brought from Youlchung … More
Prof. (Dr) R.D. Gupta Purmandal, an important pilgrimage centre lying towards the south east of Jammu city at a distance      of 40 km, is located on the bank of the river Devika. This pious town is, infact, situated in the … More
Shah Rukh Khan’s film Fan raises  significant questions on the         behaviour of fans but fails to                   tackle the moot question, feels           Shoma A. Chatterji, citing what        psychologists say about idol         worshipping Shah Rukh Khan’s latest film Fan is woven around … More
Ashok Arora Demographic ageing,, a global phenomenon ,has hit Indian shores also. Life expectancy has increased manifold. Average life span was only 30 years prior to 1947. Now the same has gone up to 67 years. The Steady rise predicts … More
The shocking incident of suicide by TV star Pratyusha Banerjee, 24,  has led to a lot of soul-searching as to why celebrities put a full-stop to their lives despite      success in their fields. Shoma A. Chatterji probes Pratyusha … More
Suman K Sharma Mr. Ved Rahi needs no introduction to the people of J&K and beyond.  Born in 1933 to Mr. Mulk Raj Saraf and Mrs. Gyan Devi, he spent his initial years with the All India Radio, Jammu and … More
Vijay Wali Pandit Dina Nath Koul’Nadim’ needs no introduction in literary circle of the state. An illustrious son of the soil he was not only a reputed poet, honored with prestigious awards like Sahitya Academy Award and Soviet Law Nehru … More
Manu Khajuria A Banagalore based photography     project  Sacred Spaces explores how people relate to different spaces in  the city through deeply personal and emotional experiences. Their social media page describes the evolution   of the project as – ” The spaces … More
William Shakespeare’s 400th  death anniversary is being         commemorated this year. A visit      to his home in Stratford-upon-       Avon introduces Ranjita Biswas       to the growing up years of the       literary genius If William Shakespeare had followed his father’s footsteps, he would … More
K.D. Maini Every year, a grand Baisakhi Mela is organised at Dera Sant Pura Nagali Sahib. Almost every section of society participates in the festival. Dera Sant Pura Nangali Sahib is about four kilometer away from Poonch city. This important … More
Sanjeev Sharma The flameboyance of the game   of wrestling  has been a subject  of negligence for a longer period of time. Wrestling having its   mention in the great epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and many more, is a single sport  liked … More
Deachen Chorol Even though she repeats the  phrase, ‘Shi-A GorteyEnok Ley’ which means that her death is much delayed, 89 year old SonamPalkit  seems strangely content, With a heavily wrinkled face, a toothless smile, her eyes light up child-like when  … More
K.D Maini Every year Ramkund Mela is organized at Ramkund Mendhar on 14th of ‘Chaitra (March) and is known as ‘Mela Chetar Chodas’. Devotees from all parts of Poonch and Rajouri districts participate in it. After Ramayan Path, Kirtan, Bajan … More
Dr. Mohinder Kumar Lassipora is located at a distance of 3 km from Sogam and 80 km from Kupwara city. It is hilly village surrounded by forests. Forest wood is abundant even as each household can access and collect small … More
Ashish Kaul “Banaras ke Logo ne to ab Ganga ko bhi Baant liya’ ( People in Banaras have even divided Ganga ) says Rahul , a 17 year old Mallah (Boatman) on Dashashwmeedh Ghat in Banaras, referring to the cruel … More
Prof(DR) R.D.Gupta Tourism has become a popular activity not only in Jammu and Kashmir but across the country. Jammu and Kashmir  state offers vast tourism potential in its all regions viz.      Jammu Province, valley of Kashmir and Ladakh region. It        … More
The uniform of the policeman is a structured image and one can easily relate to in daily life.  In Hindi cinema, it more or less duplicates the policeman or woman that image. Add to it some glamour, or notoriety, as … More
Dr. Mohinder Kumar Sanai village in Poonch district is bifurcated into hilly ‘Sanai Upper’ located farther from Surankot road and plain ‘Sanai Lower’ situated on Surankot road. This account pertains to Sanai Upper located at a distance of 5 km … More

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